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Over 2,000 people sign up for organ donor cards in light of Orla Tinsley documentary

Tinsley was on the lung transplant waiting list in the US for nine months.

Updated Sep 18th 2018, 10:10 PM

THE IRISH KIDNEY Association has said that over 2,000 people have requested donor cards following last night’s RTÉ documentary about cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley.

The documentary, Warrior, follows Tinsley’s journey during her nine months on the lung transplant waiting list in the US and the aftermath of her successful surgery.

“I’m 31 today. Last year on the 31st of March I was placed on the lung transplant list and I didn’t know if I was going to live to see my next birthday, but here I am,” she says in the documentary.

“I have a kinship with my donor, this person I’ve never met. But she saved my life. her decision and her selflessness to become a donor saved me and I’m very aware that I’m here because of that.

“I’m here because of that deep and difficult time for another family. And I don’t take it for granted. ”

The documentary went down well with viewers last night and there has been an outpouring of admiration for Tinsley for opening herself up at a very difficult time in her life. 

In a tweet this evening, the Irish Kidney Association said that just over 2,000 individual organ donor card requests have been received as a “direct result” of the programme last night. 

Commenting on the news on her social media, “I am so proud of everyone who is writing to me, talking about their experience and what they feel about organ donation”. 

If you missed it last night, you can still watch Orla Tinsley: Warrior on the RTÉ player.

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