Sean’s kidney transplant hopes

A Limavady man who needs a kidney transplant said he is “overwhelmed” at the kindness of people who supported a fundraiser in his name.

Sean McKeever, 28, from Limavady was left devastated in June when he was told he needed a kidney transplant.

Sean McKeever, centre with mum Eileen, brother Michael, dad Gerard and sister Patricia at the Firewalk fundraiser on Friday. INLV3215-159KDR

Sean McKeever, centre with mum Eileen, brother Michael, dad Gerard and sister Patricia at the Firewalk fundraiser on Friday. INLV3215-159KDR

The quantity surveyor told the ‘Journal’ at the time the shocking news turned his world upside down.

Adamant, however, that the diagnosis would not take over his life, Sean was determined the gruelling three times a week dialysis at Altnagelvin would be short term and he would train how to have home dialysis.

Shy of two months on and Sean is receiving home dialysis and he hopes to return to work as soon as possible. Sean is confident the search for a kidney match will be successful and he will receive a transplant. While the treatment leaves him tired, with sleep not always so easy, Sean said he is keeping well.

At the weekend Sean and his family were left feeling “overwhelmed” so many people turned out for the ‘Supporting Sean’ fundraiser at which 50 people volunteered for a fire-walk.

“To see so many people there, knowing they were there to support me, was overwhelming,” said Sean. “My family couldn’t believe it.”

Brian McNicholl who organised the event at the Alexander Arms said: “This event was purely about community family, friends and neighbours. A large crowd turned out to support Sean through his journey on kidney dialysis, and we all hope a match for him can be found soon to carry on in life as normal.”

Sean and Brian thanked everyone who attended the event, the Alexander Arms, the 50 firewalk volunteers, Coastal Core Medical, Jarleth O’Brien and Limavady Printing Company for the event leaflets and BM Promotions for providing entertainment, and Causeway Coast and Glens Council staff for technical assistance.

Sean thanked his family, his girlfriend Ciara McFeely and friends who he said have been brilliant, and revealed he will make a donation to Altnagelvin’s Renal Unit.

Read Sean’s story here www.derryjournal.com/news/limavady-man-s-kidney-transplant-hopes-1-6794230