Organ donation bill gives fresh hope to family of young Dáithí

The father of a young boy who has been waiting more than 1,200 days for a new heart has said the passing of proposed organ donation reforms to the next Assembly stage has given fresh hope to his family. Four-year-old Daithi MacGabhann from Belfast was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has been on a waiting list for most of his life. MLAs debated a major change of Northern Ireland’s organ donation rules on Monday. The proposed new legislation, which would mean all adults become potential donors unless they specifically opt out, will now pass on to be scrutinised by the health committee. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the opt-out system is not already in place.

Daithi’s father Mairtin, who has campaigned for the law change, said it was a “very positive day”. Full Story Here

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