Brothers in NI transplant first

Martin and David Logue. INCR08-119PL
Martin and David Logue. INCR08-119PL

TWO Coleraine brothers have made medical history in Northern Ireland by becoming the first pair to have a successful live kidney transplant despite being different blood groups.

David and Martin Logue underwent the highly complicated procedure in the City Hospital in Belfast and have made a full recovery.

Their inspirational story emerged as the Public Health Agency (PHA) launched a new campaignearlier this month to get people to sign the organ donor register.

Dr Aisling Courtney, Dr Aisling Courtney, a kidney transplant specialist at the Belfast hospital, hailed the brothers’ bravery and said they have led the way for others.

She told the Coleraine Times: “Although there were some early complications, I am delighted that the kidney is working very well for Martin, and both have made a good recovery.

“They have led the way for others, with three similar successful transplants since this first one in October.”

Martin (51), from Cloonavin Green, had been a renal patient since 1999 and only discovered that he had one functioning kidney from a routine medical examination for a job.

“It didn’t really start to get bad until say four years ago when my kidney function started to decrease,” Martin told The Coleraine Times this week.