Transplantation & Organ Donation
Transplants are a crucial part of the range of recognised interventions needed to manage Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Like any other major surgery, transplants carry considerable risks and a transplant is appropriate only for a patient who is severely ill and has tried all other forms of conventional treatment. To these patients, lung transplantation can offer both a chance of an extended life and a significantly better quality of life.
Double lung transplants for adult patients in Ireland are carried out in Dublin (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) and in Newcastle, England (Freeman Hospital). The quality of the surgery and care before and after surgery in both centres is very high which is reflected in success rates. There are separate waiting lists for both hospitals. Pre and post-transplant support for all transplant patients is undertaken in the Mater Hospital irrespective of where the surgery is carried out. Lung transplantation is rarely proposed for children because of the range of options of other treatments that are now available, but this surgery is not carried out in Ireland and children with CF who need a transplant are referred to a UK transplant centre.
Recent Progress in the Irish lung transplant Programme
The appointment in October 2011 of the first dedicated lung transplant surgeon in Ireland to the Mater has been an important development. She joins the already experienced team in the Mater that includes surgeons Mr Lars Nolke and Mr Jim McCarthy and transplant coordinator, Professor Jim Egan. Thanks to support from charities, including CF Ireland and ‘Second Chance’ the Mater is also using Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion which makes more lungs available for transplantation.
The Mater Hospital Lung Transplant Booklet
If you are interested in learning more about the CF lung transplant programme in Ireland there is a very useful booklet available on the Mater Hospital Website which includes information on the Mater and Freeman transplant programmes.
CFI Support for Transplantation and Organ Donation
Carry an Organ Donor Card. Visit the Irish Kidney Association