Jerome Lyness received a kidney transplant in 2018. He resides in Navan, Co. Meath and is the proud father of two sons, Stephen and Tony, and grandfather to Hannah Rose and Sienna.
Jerome will be competing at this year’s World Transplant Games in the 50-59 years category in the following events:
- Petanque Doubles (partnering with Noel Marsden)
- Petanque Singles
- Darts Singles
- Darts Triples
This will be Jerome’s first Transplant Games event, and he is looking forward to taking part.
Jerome was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2014, which progressed to kidney failure a year later. He commenced haemodialysis in September 2015 at Cavan General Hospital, eventually switching to Peritoneal Dialysis at home. He received the call for transplant in April last year, and thankfully the transplant was a success.
“I can’t be thankful enough to my donor whom I think of every day. I have more energy now and can go out and enjoy walking and fishing with Navan Angling Club. I feel like I am 16 years old again. I can now enjoy spending time with my lively granddaughters Hannah Rose and Sienna. I pray for my donor and will always be grateful to this person that I don’t know but has saved my life.
‘I encourage other people to think about organ donation. My wife Deidre and family, including my nieces and nephews, all carry donor cards now having seen how my donor has transformed me. I embrace every day now. I still find it hard to believe that when my kidneys failed some stranger’s family stepped in to save my life. Now it is easy to forget the bad days I had but I don’t ever forget my donor. I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful care I received from nursing, medical and transplant staff at Beaumont Hospital for their wonderful care including my consultant Dr. Mark Denton, and Dr. Mohan and dialysis nurses Annette and Nora. I’d also like to thank my wife Deirdre and sons Stephen and Tony for the caring support they gave me since I was first diagnosed with kidney failure.”