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top CYCLIST DAN is JUST THE TONIC FOR SICK KIDS

Cycling fan Reuben Walsh is on the road to recovery after receiving a kidney from his dad just a week ago.

The 12-year-old from Cork was delighted to receive a visit in Temple Street Children's University Hospital from top Irish cyclist Dan Martin, who won the Tour of Lombardy last month.

Dan, who presented Reuben with a signed Cycle4Life cycling top, has been the ambassador for the charity cycling event that takes place every June in Co Meath and which has raised nearly €500,000 for the hospital.

The famous visitor met patients and saw the new ultrasound suite being built in the radiology department with the funds raised from this year's event.

Also at Reuben's bedside was his builder dad Michael (49), who is recovering well from last week's operation, and mum Marlies (42), from Pedlars Cross, Clonakilty.

"It was fantastic," said Michael about finding out he was able to donate a kidney to Reuben.

"Any parent would be only delighted to find out that they were a match.

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"I'm feeling good and recovering very quickly."

Reuben had his kidney transplant last Thursday. He was born with a small kidney and progressively went into renal failure.

The sixth class pupil could be discharged as early as this weekend, following his successful transplant operation.

He said he is looking forward to getting a new racer bike for Christmas.

fdillon@herald.ie


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