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'We're over the moon' - Irish comedian successfully donates kidney to brother in US

Jarlath Regan tweeted yesterday that the operation had been a success.

IRISH COMEDIAN JARLATH Regan has said that he has successfully donated a kidney to his brother in the United States.

Regan tweeted yesterday that the kidney donation operation had been a success and that both men were recovering well.

“Operation was a huge success on both sides,” Regan tweeted.

Head spinning – We did it! In shock right now.

Regan – who hosts the An Irishman Abroad podcast – announced last year that he would be donating his kidney to his brother.

Speaking to Eoghan McDermott on 2FM in August, said that he didn’t hesitate when his brother asked him.

“Of course I’m going to save my brother’s life,” he said at that time.

Let’s be honest, too – it’s the ultimate good guy thing to do.

From this point on, nobody can call me selfish. I have medical evidence that I am a decent human being.

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Regan said that there had been debate over the donation, but the decision was a straightforward one.

“I have two sisters…I have a kid and a wife. I have to support them.

Families fall out over organ donation all the time. But the mad thing is there are people walking around with two kidneys when you only need one.

Regan said that his brother would probably have died within five years without the operation, but with it has “another 25 or 30 added to that”.

Read: “Of course I’m going to save my brother’s life” – Irish comedian on donating his kidney

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