The longest surviving lung transplant recipient with Cystic Fibrosis passed away yesterday in the Mater hospital.
Brendan McLaughlin (51) from Stranorlar, Co Donegal underwent the transplant in 1992 in Newcastle and had a kidney transplant in 2002 in Dublin.
His funeral will take place in Stranorlar, Co Donegal and his remains will repose this evening and tomorrow, Wednesday in the home of his brother and sister-in-law.
Philip Watt, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland reminisced over McLaughlin’s life and described him as “quite a character”.
“We will definitely miss him and we will be celebrating his life tonight,” said Watt on his way to the repose in Stranorlar. “He was a battler.”
“He was a fairly small guy and the donor’s lungs were too big so they only put one lung in instead of two. I had never seen that before,” Watt said of McLaughlin’s transplant.
McLaughlin also spent some of his life as a carer for his sister Frances who unfortunately passsed away from CF. He was on oxygen for the past while before passing away and lived in a nursing home near Beaumont.
“He was quite a character and you never heard him complaining,” said Watt.
McLaughlin campaigned for the rights of people with CF throughout his life. He is survived by his father Seamus, his partner and three brothers.
Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are being requested if desired in lieu of flowers.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Irish Kidney Association have paid tribute to McLaughlin on Twitter expressing their sadness over his passing.
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