Father and daughter awaiting kidney transplants issue donor card plea
on 02/01/2013 00:00:00
Mr O'Halloran, 64, has had two transplants but is waiting for an emergency call from Beaumont Hospital since his last kidney failed in 2005.
His 35-year-old daughter, who was married in April, said her life has been at a standstill since she started dialysis over 14 months ago.
"When you are doing dialysis four times a day, seven days a week, it feelslike a lifetime," she said.
Mr O'Halloran travels from Ballylanders, Co Limerick, to Limerick Regional Hospital three times a week for dialysis.
His daughter, from Mitchelstown, Co Cork, said every day has to be planned to precision and timetabled around dialysis, while her wish to start a family with her husband Brendan is on hold until after a transplant.
She believes if more people understood kidney failure, they would requesta donor card by texting the word DONOR to 50050.
Through her blog - kidneyfailuremystory.com - she gives an honest account of life on dialysis.
"Some charities are asking for money, but we are just asking for asignature," she said.