Fermanagh Based Liver Transplant Recipient Patrick encourages everyone to sign up to the Organ Donor Register30/09/2022
29 year old Patrick Boyle, who received the gift of life through organ donation has issued an appeal for more people to join the Organ Donor Register.
In December 2020, Patrick who lives in the Fermanagh area received a lifesaving and life changing liver transplant.
Talking about his journey Patrick said: “I was initially diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis when I was just 15. I had a pretty normal life up until a few years ago, played football, went to college, had a full time job but then started to get sick around May 2019.
“I was assessed for a liver transplant and that time was very daunting, I didn’t really know what to expect but I was put on the transplant list in July 2019. I waited around 16 months and was called once in May 2020 but unfortunately the transplant didn’t go ahead. I then waited another seven months and was finally called on the 11 December 2020 when I received my liver.
“It has been tough, but I’m nearly two years on from my transplant and feeling good. I’m back playing football, back at work and enjoying life.”
“I am very grateful to my donor who signed up to the register and the reality is that if it wasn’t for my donor, I might not be here today.
“I would urge anybody you know, no matter what age to have a conversation with your friends and family and sign up to the Organ Donor register.
“I have talked to many people who say they would like to donate their organs but with life and everything that goes on, they just never find the time or never get round to it – so please sign up today don’t wait any longer and you can be a proud organ donor.”