A teenage boy who received a heart transplant could end up saving another child as a valve from his own heart could be used as tissue to help a young baby.
Teenager Sahin Yasar tells how he will be forever thankful to the heart donor who gave him a second chance at life on the moving RTE series Ministry of Hope.
The observational series, which follows three Irish chaplains for a year, captures the emotional journey of Dublin lad Sahin as he is kept alive by a machine in hospital while waiting for the life-saving transplant.
His mother Tina told how she wept tears of joys when he went into surgery after he was finally matched with a suitable organ.
Previously, suitable hearts were available on seven occasions, but would not be a medical fit following tests.
At one stage, the exhausted 16-year-old was prepped and ready for theatre when his parents had to wake him to tell him there was yet another setback.
Sahin, who was born with cardiomyopathy, a cardiac condition which rapidly deteriorated at the end of last year, spent nearly eight months in hospital before this summer’s life-saving operation in the Mater Hospital.
He said on Ministry of Hope: “I will always be thankful they took the decision to donate the organ because I don’t know how much longer I would have been waiting. This has just been a relief of not being in pain, no horribleness.”
His mother Tina said the donor’s family had given her child the gift of life.