Irish Family Who Have Had 7 Transplant Surgeries Praise Opt-Out System

EXTRA.ie  | Leah McDonald
Seán Murphy and three of his adult children have a hereditary kidney condition known as MPGN. Pic: Conor McCabe

Seán Murphy and three of his adult children have a hereditary kidney condition known as membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, or MPGN.

Over the years, the family has amassed a total of seven transplant operations, including some from deceased organ donors.

They previously shared their incredible story on The Late Late Show to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Last week, proposals for an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation were approved by Cabinet. Currently, when a potential organ donor is identified, the dead person’s next of kin is asked for consent to allow the donation to take place.

Under the new system, consent will be deemed unless the person has already registered their wish not to become an organ donor after death.

It is proposed that, even though consent is deemed, the next of kin will always be consulted prior to removing any organ. Continue reading
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