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Blackrock Clinic News Gold Medal Given To Blackrock Clinic Cardiology Team By Heart Transplant Recipient

Gold Medal Given To Blackrock Clinic Cardiology Team By Heart Transplant Recipient

4th Dec 2012

Blackrock Clinic Cardiology TeamDr Peter Crean, Consultant Cardiologist at Blackrock Clinic, will today receive a gold medal won by a patient. Mr Seamus Eager won the medal in the 2012 European Heart and Lung Transplant Games. Mr Eager had a donor heart transplanted successfully in 2009 and is presenting the framed medal to mark his gratitude to the Blackrock Clinic Cardiology team.

Mr Eager won gold medals in both golf and table tennis at the Games, held in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, earlier this year.

Mr Eager was diagnosed by Dr Crean with heart failure in 2001. However, by 2006 his condition had deteriorated and Dr Crean identified that Mr Eager needed a new heart. He was placed immediately on the transplant list.

The care prior to Mr Eager’s heart transplant was a multi-team effort. The team at Blackrock Clinic, in conjunction with the National Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater Hospital, cared for Mr Eager from his heart failure diagnosis to the transplant operation. Together they ensured he was healthy enough to undergo the surgery.

Following Mr Eager’s transplant, he learned he had received the new heart just in time. Had he not received the new heart, he had only months to live.

“I credit Dr Peter Crean and his team with keeping me alive,” says Mr Eager.

“Dr Crean diagnosed my need for a transplant and put me on the list immediately. Placement on the list at an early stage of heart failure makes a huge difference to survival rates. I also want to thank the team for keeping me fit and healthy during my 3 year wait for a transplant”.

Bryan Harty, Chief Executive of Blackrock Clinic said: “Our consultants and staff save lives or enhance the quality of life of many patients every day, but it is always a special moment to receive thanks and recognition from one of these patients”.

The medal is framed and will be on display in the Cardiology Department of Blackrock Clinic.

Mr Eager has donated other medals to the donor’s family and to the National Heart and Lung Transplant Unit. He intends to play for more gold medals at next year’s World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.

Gold Medal Given To Blackrock Clinic Cardiology Team By Heart Transplant Recipient