Press Release

Tánaiste wishes first lung transplant patient well on her discharge from hospital

Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney T.D. said today (26th May 2005) that she was delighted that Ireland’s first lung transplant patient, Ms Veronica Doyle was being discharged today following the successful completion of the first lung transplant operation at the Mater Hospital.

“I understand that Veronica has recovered well and is going home today and I would like to wish her all the best for the future. The successful performance of the first lung transplant in Ireland represents a major achievement for all concerned, and I congratulate the entire multi-disciplinary team at the National Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater Hospital led by Mr. Freddie Wood , Lung Transplant Porgramme Director and lead surgeon, and Dr. Jim Egan , and Mr Jim McCarthy.