Loving son turns down dream University place in Austria to donate a kidney to his dad

Independent I.E. | Patricia Murphy
Darren Martin (25) from Templederry donated a kidney to his dad Liam last year, after his own kidneys had failed. Studious Darren made the decision to remain in Ireland to help his family, despite being offered a dream spot on a Masters Degree programme to study German in Austria.
“I was worried about my father as his health was declining. He had been on a form of home dialysis since Christmas Eve 2010 which involved him being dialysed for 10 hours every night and he was managing to keep going with this treatment. However a severe infection that developed meant he had to change from his home treatment to hospital dialysis in March 2014,” said Darren.
“He now would have to travel to Limerick three times a week to undergo hospital haemodialysis treatment.  I knew this would go hard on my father as he was already suffering from tiredness and struggling to keep working on the family farm. I decided not to go to university in Austria as I would have been too far away from Tipperary to help my father out and offer support to my mother and younger brother.” Continue reading
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