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Inter-county participant John Egan has had a proper time of it. The 30-year-old in regular circumstances must be winding down his membership season with Athlone.
As an alternative, he is simply after receiving a lifesaving kidney transplant from his father-in-law, Ollie. John advised Hogan Stand about the way it took place throughout Organ Donor Consciousness week in March.
15 years in the past, John was recognized with IGA Nephropathy, a power kidney illness that may in the end result in kidney failure.
He observed he was passing blood in his urine, however he’d taken a blow to the kidney space enjoying for Westmeath U16s and thought that was the rationale for it.
The blood nonetheless appeared days after so he determined to get checked by an expert. He hung out in Portiuncula Hospital after which Merlin Park College in Galway.
He thought he had a small kidney an infection, however it will definitely result in an IGA Nephropathy prognosis and spending virtually three weeks in a hospital mattress.
He carefully monitored the illness through the years that adopted, taking medicine to assist with blood stress and kidney perform.
John stated it affected his vitality ranges and efficiency on the pitch, however he received used to it over time.
Heading for dialysis and a kidney transplant, Covid-19 poses extra of a risk to Westmeath’s John Egan than most.
And despite the fact that he’s been dealt a shitty hand, he’s not taking it mendacity down.
Due to @JohnEgan1111 for his time and his story. https://t.co/qAQtYDpjS8
— Donnchadh Boyle (@depboyle) March 20, 2020
After progressing by way of the Westmeath underage ranks and graduating faculty, it wasn’t till 2018 when his kidney issues got here to the fore once more.
In a pre-season medical with Westmeath GAA, his blood exams confirmed his kidney perform had dropped to under thirty per cent.
The Westmeath GAA physician, Jerry Flynn, referred him to do extra exams which led into the trail of a kidney specialist.
Egan’s 2018 season enjoying soccer was marred by drops in vitality ranges, cramping and general fatigue. He suffered a critical knee damage on the finish of the marketing campaign.
This was sufficient for John to name time on his gaelic soccer enjoying days given his knee issues and the impression his kidney was having on his day-to-day life.
After he completed enjoying, he went into administration and has been a part of the Athlone senior teaching panel, serving to out the Westmeath U15s too.
On Monday this week I acquired a lifesaving kidney from my buddy and father-in-law Ollie. Each myself, Ollie and the kidney are all doing effectively. Due to everybody who has reached out over the previous few years and proven help. I actually recognize it. #KidneyTransplant #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/yOgoxWG87H
— John Egan (@JohnEgan1111) November 10, 2021
In recent times, John’s kidneys dropped under 9 per cent of regular perform, which led to cramps, swelling, fatigue and gout.
He was positioned on a transplant ready record after a number of months of appointment delays, because of the problems of Covid-19.
After lastly getting the go forward, John’s course of concerned being positioned on dialysis earlier than father-in-law Ollie offered a transplant.
Fortunately, John tweeted all are doing effectively within the aftermath.
The Irish Kidney Affiliation (IKA) are encouraging folks to hold a donor card, permit Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and have a ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.
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 can even go to the website or obtain a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your cellphone.
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