A Cloughjordan couple have sent a big hearty thank you to the heart transplant team at the Mater Hospital following a successful operation.
Pat O’Meara recevied a new heart and a new lease of life thanks to the work carried out by the team, and he and his family have raised €5,055 for the Mater Foundation as a result.
The money, which was raised in a raffle organised by Pat and his wife, Veronica, will go towards the hospital’s Heart and Lung Appeal, which was established in 2012.
Pat and Veronica said they would like to say a huge thanks to all the heart transplant team at the Mater Hospital and to all who continue to care for Pat following his heart transplant.
“We would like to thank both our families, friends and neighbours for helping make this fundraiser such a success and to those who sponsored prizes, printing of tickets, gave donations and bought and sold tickets,” they said.
Jim McCarthy, cardio-thoracic and heart lung transplant surgeon, was presented with the cheque by Pat and Veronica at the hospital.
“I cannot thank the O’Meara family, their friends and neighbours and all who have supported the Heart and Lung Appeal enough for their amazing donation. It will go a long way in helping to providing vital pieces of equipment, support essential training and education and enhance patient care and support at the Mater Hospital,” Mary Moorhead, chief executive of the Mater Foundation said.
The Heart and Lung Appeal incorporates the Heart and Lung Transplantation Programme and the National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Mater Hospital under one campaign. The aim is to raise funds for the programme which support patients throughout the country who are suffering from debilitating and life threatening conditions.
The Mater Hospital is the only hospital in the Republic of Ireland that performs heart and lung transplantation. The first heart transplant took place in 1985 under the renowned surgeon, the late Maurice Neligan. The first lung transplant took place in 2005. The Mater Hospital continues to provide on-going care and support for pre and post-transplant patients and is the National Centre for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
If you would like to fundraise or donate to the appeal, contact the Mater Foundation office on 01-8303482 or visit www.materfoundation.ie for more information.