I donated my son's organs - now two men live healthy lives
A mother who agreed to allow her son's organs to be donated says it has been a great consolation to know he is helping others
Transplant recipient Paul Prendergast, with his wife, Rose, at their home in Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Donor card: With more than 600 patients awaiting transplantation in Ireland, one donor can potentially help nine other people
When Barry Shiel was a teenager, he was watching television with his mother when an organ donation ad came on. He expressed an interest in being a donor and his mother, Maureen, laughed and said he wouldn’t be needing to do that anytime soon.
In February 2011, at the age of 25, “fit, sporty and fun” Barry was killed in a car crash in Galway and Maureen remembered that teenage wish.