Edna Powell: “I was very lucky that the donor lung was suitable for me.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Edna Powell (71) was diagnosed with lung fibrosis (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) nine years ago. It’s a chronic condition in which the (...)

Noreen O’Carroll: “At some point you have to take control and not let the diagnosis define who you want to be.”

During a 15-minute conversation with a consultant, Noreen O’Carroll (58) recalls the moment she was given a life expectancy of two to five years. “It(...)

Paddy O’Mahony: “I wanted to give something back to the organ donors and their families.”

Paddy O’Mahony, who had worked as a fireman for almost 40 years, had ignored a persistent cough for ages when his wife, Pauline, insisted that he have(...)

Dr James Reilly: expected to approve the drug pirfenidoneone for HSE reimbursement. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to approve the drug pirfenidone for suffers of a rare form of lung disease despite concerns over its cost(...)

 Dr James Reilly has been urged to reconsider making the drug pirfenidone availble to sufferers of a rare form of lung disease. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health James Reilly has been urged to reconsider the decision of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics(...)