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After a 12 months of trepidation, three kidney transplant youngsters got here out of cocooning this week after they attended Beaumont Hospital for an unprecedented trigger for celebration.
The previous sufferers at Temple Avenue Youngsters’s Hospital are among the many first within the revised Group four categorised to be within the ‘very high-risk’ to obtain their second and ultimate ‘shot within the arm’ of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, towards Covid-19.
With the adjustments that have been introduced in final month, revised group four was prolonged from 18 to 69 years to incorporate 16 and 17 12 months olds.
With the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being the one one at present permitted for 16 and 17 12 months olds the three teenagers have been added to the listing and their vaccination will now enable them to return to highschool with a better sense of confidence.
First of the three to obtain her second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin was Lana Devine (16) from Kells, Co. Meath, who was accompanied by her mother and father, former Meath footballer Jody Devine and mom Emer and two youthful brothers Liam (13) and Joe (7).
Quickly afterwards two different kidney transplant recipients who got their second dose of the vaccine and elevated degree of reassurance have been Gearóid Wrafter (16) from Loughaun, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, watched on by his mom Theresa and sister Denise, and Rebecca Osgood Daly (17), whose kidney donor mom Bernie Osgood had pushed her daughter to her hospital appointment from Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon.
This was an Easter faculty vacation present like no different for Gearóid, who acquired his kidney transplant in 2015 and is a fifth 12 months scholar at Killina Secondary College.
Rebecca is a fifth 12 months scholar at Ballyhaunis Group College, the place her mom Bernie, who donated a kidney to her in 2010, is a instructor.
Lana is a Transition 12 months scholar in Eureka Secondary College in Kells.
She acquired her kidney in 2008 when she was simply 4 years previous following two years of nightly dialysis remedy as she was born with dysplastic kidneys.
Bernie Osgood mentioned: “It has been a very long time coming and we’re so grateful to have reached this level.
“Rebecca has been cocooning for over a 12 months, away from her pals, and it has been very troublesome for her.
“When the primary schedule for the rollout of vaccines was introduced we have been in disbelief that Rebecca and different transplant recipients of her age weren’t included.
“When the age class for the vaccination rollout was prolonged to over 16s it was an enormous aid. As soon as her vaccine has had time to work in a number of weeks, we count on that Rebecca will have the ability to get again to highschool after a year-long hiatus.”
Ms. Carol Moore, Chief Government of the Irish Kidney Affiliation, mentioned. “We welcome the rollout of vaccinations and it gives hope to transplant recipients and dialysis sufferers to know that some youthful members of this cohort have acquired their second dose of the vaccine.
“Nonetheless, we’re calling on the HSE for better readability in communication with sufferers who’re nonetheless ready their flip, to reassure them that they’re on an inventory and provides them a sign of the anticipated timeframe for the vaccination of their group beneath their respective hospitals.”
Organ Donor Playing cards might be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Affiliation on 01 6205306 or Free textual content the phrase DONOR to 50050. You too can go to the web site www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or obtain a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your telephone.
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