A remarkable story of a CF patient, lung transplantation, and government

Cork Pio Fenton shares the remarkable story of his brother's lung transplant, which appeared 20 years ago.

Pio's brother, Dermot, fought a fight with cystic fibrosis (CF) and needed pulmonary transplantation. However, as Pio points out, he also needed a heart transplant because "at that moment it was best for them to get the right heart that went with them."

Pio says his brother's story was remarkable that even their flight to London for transplant was not in government.

Pio Fenton. Picture: Ian Armstrong

After a year of waiting, Dermot called out that his heart and lungs were secured to him and that they had to get to Cork north to London immediately.

When they got to the airport, they brought them to the plane, which is an unknown government stream for them.

"Honestly, it would not mean," says Pio, "but my brother kicked it off.

"On board was Minister Tom Kitt, who was on his way to Brussels when he was dragged for this" love affair "as the newspaper is called."

Pio says that despite his fear and anxiety his brother's success was.

Dermot Fenton, pictured 10 years after transplant.

"For my brother, it was his night, even though I realized that in most transplants someone else experienced a terrible loss – I just want to remember them now.

"Der went through a 7.5-hour high-risk and complicated operation.

"The transition from blue to pink is probably one of the most remarkable things, doctors talked about it with my brother, it's a picture that stays with me.

"Der's success has been successful, but it's a 3-month recovery."

Despite the fact that Dermot's story was splashed on the front page, Pio says the most beautiful aspect arose during his brother's rehabilitation.

"While in the hospital gym he rehabilitated one day talking to the lady next to him, it was a transplant center – every patient compared the notes, it was part of the mosquito," writes Pio.

"So when she talks to her, she realizes that she has a Heart inside her, now, according to his words, a two-wheeled cycle! His transplantation was a Domino transplant that is not so common now.

"The Nett effect was his heart given to a third person while he received the corresponding heart and lungs from the deceased person.

"Bizzare, imagine, you've met a man who has a heart in the last 24 years."

Dermot's heart, which was replaced by one to match his new lungs, went to 48-year-old British mother Janet Netherton.

This story led to a fresh media storm and a late late performance that Pio told Der redeemed.

"His constant message was the transformative value of organ donation and the importance of life.

He lived – the beauty of restored life is a thing to be seen. He subsequently had ups and downs – renal transplantation, bypass (with a threat without anesthetics) foot amputation (alike), but he lived fully and happily.

He died 17 years after the Christmas transplant three years ago and was buried in New Year's Eve. 17 years has brought him so much happiness to our family and so many others. SO MUCH. This was possible due to the medical science and the generosity of the family in despair.

Hold the donor card. Remember organ donors. Today, if you have a chance, pick up a glass of man, whose 41 years on earth defined the phrase "life is for life" on the day he marked his second birthday.

You can read the story of Pio (and Der's) in full @Piofenton on Twitter.

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