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Ailing dad and daughter beg for donor help

A FATHER and daughter who are both waiting for a kidney transplants have urged people to give the gift of life and carry a donor card.

TOM and Noreen O'Halloran suffer from hereditary polycystic kidney disease and are both on dialysis.

Mr O'Halloran (64) has already had two kidney transplants.

His 35-year-old daughter, who was married in April, said she feels like her life has been at a standstill since she started dialysis over 14 months ago.

Mr O'Halloran travels from his home in Ballylanders, Co Limerick, to Limerick Regional Hospital three times a week for dialysis.

His daughter, from Mitchelstown, Co Cork, said every day at work and any night out or weekend away has to be planned to precision and timetabled around dialysis.

She believes that if more people understood kidney failure they would request an organ donor card by texting the word DONOR to 50050.