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Brave teenager Meadhbh thrilled to be home after vital liver-swap surgery

TEENAGER Meadhbh McGivern was back at home today after her gruelling transplant operation a month ago.

The 14-year-old, who finally received a liver transplant in September after authorities failed to get her to London for surgery in July, had been recovering in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin since Monday.

A family member said Meadhbh was allowed home for the weekend but will be returning to hospital on Monday to have her blood levels checked.

"She's thrilled to be home," the relative added.

Meadhbh, from Ballinamore in Co Leitrim, missed out on a liver transplant in July after air ambulance transport could not be arranged on time.

When she was offered another viable organ last month, the Air Corps flew her to London for the vital operation.

She was accompanied on her journey by her parents Joe and Assumpta and underwent a 14-hour procedure at King's College Hospital in London.

In a further controversy, it appeared she would have to book a commercial flight to return to Ireland as the Air Corps was not in a position to take her.

But she arrived back in Ireland on a military aircraft earlier this week.

There were complications during her surgery and she was kept in theatre six hours longer than expected.

comurphy@herald.ie