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Great news: Drogheda cystic fibrosis sufferer given new lease of life from pioneering surgical procedure

15/03/2016 (L to R) Leigh Bagnell, a patient with cystic fibrosis who received a lung transplant & Karen Redmond her consultant thoracic, lung transplant surgeon & Clinical lead at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH), Dublin during an announcement that transplant surgeons at the Mater Hospital have performed Ireland’s first Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Transplantation. Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) is a new innovative therapy whereby donor lungs are reconditioned outside the body before transplantation to improve the quality of the organ, making donor lungs previously classed as unsuitable, safe for transplant. The conversion rate of lungs that are successfully reconditioned and transplanted post EVLP is at least 50%. Meaning for every two organ donors currently deemed unsuitable for lung transplant, the processes of EVLP can restore the lungs of one, dramatically increasing the size of the current donor pool. Photo: gareth chaney Collins

The quality of life of 20-year-old Drogheda girl, cystic fibrosis sufferer Leigh Bagnall will be significantly enhanced after an innovative surgical procedure performed in a donor’s lungs prior to transplantation.

Known as ex vivo lung perfusion transplantation (EVLP), the procedure reconditions organs that would have previously been deemed unsuitable, thus greatly expanding the pool of potential donors.

The surgery, the first of its kind done in Ireland, was performed at the Mater Hospital by consultant surgeon Karen Redmond and her team.

Speaking to the media after the succesful outcome of the pioneering procedure, Ms. Redmond said that the surgery marked “a hugely significant milestone in the history of the transplant programme in the Mater hospital and for the Ireland East Hospital Group.”

After spending eight and half weeks in the transplant waiting list and undergoing the surgery, the young girl can now look forward to a brighter future.

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