Longest surviving CF single lung transplant recipient dies aged 51



Irishman who is the longest surviving CF single lung transplant recipient in the world, dies aged 51

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland received the sad news that Brendan McLaughlin, person with CF from Stranorlar, County Donegal, passed away in the Mater Hospital on February 25th 2019 aged 51 years. Brendan was the first CF recipient of a lung transplant of someone living in Ireland and was the longest surviving CF patient with one lung in the world. 

Brendan became a single lung transplant recipient in August 1992 in the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, UK at a time before the lung transplant programme in Ireland commenced - {see Irish Times, October 17th 1992 for example}.

At 26 years post transplant, Brendan was the longest surviving CF transplant recipient in Ireland and was the longest surviving CF single lung transplant recipient in the world. 

Brendan was a campaigner all his life and very proud of being from Donegal. He was the leading light in the CFI Donegal branch for many years. Brendan was a lifelong campaigner on CF and organ donation and strong supporter of Letterkenny General Hospital. He also helped look after his sister, who also had CF, she pre-deceased him, and his Mother, Frances, when she became elderly. 

Philip Watt CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland stated

‘Brendan campaigned on better CF services and the need for improved transplant services in his native Donegal and at a national level. Brendan became a regular contributor to Highland Radio on everything from social welfare cutbacks to organ donation. We extend out sympathy to Martina and to all his extended family.'

Funeral details can be found here.

May he rest in peace.