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Asthma victim's parents in £6,000 gift to hospital

By Allan Preston

The parents of a young man who died from an asthma attack earlier this year have raised £6,000 for new medical equipment at the hospital that fought to save his life.

Tiernan Green from Lurgan was just 20 when he died in Craigavon Area Hospital after suffering the attack back in January.

A popular Gaelic footballer, Tiernan's death stunned his family - just one week after his parents had welcomed their first granddaughter.

Yesterday Donna and Stephen Green presented a cheque for £6,000 to the hospital for a non-invasive respiratory machine.

With the winter months approaching, it's hoped the equipment can help others suffering from respiratory conditions.

"Tiernan was his own person, we actually didn't realise until he was taken how popular he was," said Mrs Green yesterday.

Mr Green said that it had been a difficult time for the family, but he was determined that his son's legacy would live on.

"It doesn't matter how fit you are, Tiernan was a big guy at 6ft 4in and 16st, and only a medium asthma sufferer," he said.

"He felt his asthma was never going to stop him.

"Our main message is to get the word out there and help other people with asthma."

Mr Green added: "It can strike at any time."

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