Anthony Byrne received a transplant in 2011. He resides in Artane, Co. Dublin and is happily married to Teresa with two adult children.
Anthony will be competing at this year’s World Transplant Games in the 60-69 years category in the following events:
- Cycling – 10K Time Trial
- Cycling – 30K Road Race
- Cycling – 20K Team Time Trial
- Table Tennis Singles
- Petanque Singles
Anthony took part in two previous British Transplant Games and secured a Bronze medal for Ten Pin Bowling at the Games in Newcastle 2015.
Anthony’s kidney failure diagnosis came out of the blue after his wife made an appointment for him to see his doctor which revealed he was in kidney failure. This diagnosis came on the same day, and just before, he received a job offer. He had been unemployed for almost 6 months following him being made redundant from a job he enjoyed for almost 3 decades. His shock diagnosis prevented him from taking up this new employment. He considers himself fortunate to have been transplanted within a year of his diagnosis. Six of his siblings and his wife put themselves forward for living donation and one of his sisters was found to be the most suitable donor. However, the deceased donor came along before she finished the screening process.
“I will always be indebted to my deceased donor. Although I found it difficult to express my gratitude in a letter to the family of my donor, I eventually found the courage to send via the donor coordinator six months after their selfless gift to me. I was surprised to receive a response soon afterwards.”
“Within days of my transplant I felt like a new man. My whole life was turned around. I could once again see the whites of my eyes which were for a long time yellow, my pallor looked so much healthier and I had so much more energy.”
“Throughout my life I have tried to keep fit. Now I’m looking forward to competing as a way of honouring my donor as, were it not for him or her, I would probably not be here today.”