Shane Doyle is awaiting a transplant from mother Sandra or sister Jessica, pictured with his father Tommy
ALMOST €7,000 has been raised to help a Limerick man who needs a kidney transplant Down Under.
Shane Doyle, 32, moved from his home in the Hyde Road to Melbourne, Australia, three-and-a-half years ago after losing his job in Limerick.
But he has been diagnosed with nephritis – an inflammation of the kidneys – and renal failure.
As a result, his health has deteriorated, his weight plunged, and he needs a kidney transplant. Shane is unable to travel home to receive the donation from his only sister Jessica, or mother Sandra.
Shane’s family and friends in Limerick are rallying around the construction worker, with his mum and sister both waiting to find out if they will match. The pair had blood tests at the University Hospital Limerick to determine their eligibility, with tissue tests done in Beaumont Hospital this week sent to Shane’s specialist in Australia who will make the final decision.
In order to help fund their travel down under, a GoFundMe page has been set up online, and had raised €5,870 by Friday.
When cash donations and an overseas donation page is factored in, that figure climbs to €7,000, the family has said.
All money raised will help pay for a stay of at least six weeks, plus the loss of earnings, and childcare costs for Jessica’s two children.
The family admit they are in “shock and awe” at the offers of help already made from Limerick people, with Jessica saying: “We did not plan to do any of this. My mother had planned to get a loan from the credit union. We are quite emotional at the kindness of Limerick people,” she added.
It was Shane’s cousin Dawn O’Mahony who initially broached the idea of fundraising. Jessica is not concerned about the impact a potential kidney transplant may have on her own health – all she is focused on is helping her older brother.
“I didn’t stop for a minute to think about it. It was just ‘yes’. Of course I am going to help him out. I am not worried about the costs. All that is important here is my brother gets better,” she said.
To donate to the appeal, please visit www.gofundme.com/kidney-for-shane, or call Dawn on 085-8133501.