Organ donation: ‘I wouldn’t be here but for that person’

Growing ùp in a bùsy hoùsehold in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Cliona Marley remembers being glad she was treated no differently from any of her three siblings.
Yet Cliona was different. The only child with a congenital heart condition, she underwent her first major operation when aged just six. For three decades, the cardiac team at the Mater hospital stabilised her condition to such an extent that she was able to lead a mostly ordinary life.