Race against time: Corkman escorted by gardaí to Dublin for vital liver transplant

Race against time: Corkman escorted by gardaí to Dublin for vital liver transplant

A Blackrock man said he owes his life to Gardaí after they escorted him through rush hour traffic to make it to Dublin in the nick of time for a vital liver transplant.

Finbarr Murphy had been diagnosed with a life threatening lesion on his liver back in October of 2014. He continues to make an impressive recovery almost six months after the transplant which took place in St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. However, the major operation would not have happened without the intervention of fast-acting Gardaí.

The father of one was diagnosed with an aggressive lesion caused by fatty liver disease during a routine check up.

“The consultant told me that without intervention I would have just 10 to 12 months to live,” he said.

A phonecall during his darkest hour shone a light at the end of the tunnel for Finbarr.

He had returned from a holiday in Garretstown and felt so unwell he decided to begin planning his funeral arrangements.

“I can remember putting on the kettle and sitting down with my mobile phone. I was typing my funeral arrangements in the notes section when a call came through. When the transplant coordinator rang it was like hearing a voice from Heaven,” he said.

But with rush hour traffic, he feared he wouldn’t make it to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on time.

That’s when Anglesea Street gardaí stepped in, and in the space of just 15 minutes arranged a Garda escort that brought him from Cork city at 6.15pm at St Vincent’s Hospital just before an 8pm deadline.

“We left my house at around 6:15pm before travelling through the Jack Lynch Tunnel at the height of the evening traffic. The same applied to the many junctions in Dublin. We were in St.Vincent’s University Hospital in an hour and 50 minutes, just before the 8pm deadline.”

Despite being just minutes away from surgery, Finbarr still found the time to thank the Gardaí for their heroic act.

“I went to shake their hands and they told me that helping people in this way is something they love to do.”

This story first appeared in the Evening Echo.


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