Belfast Telegraph

Transplant boy meets ambulance crew

A six-year-old schoolboy is flying high after meeting the air ambulance crew that helped save his life.

Conor Reidy visited the Air Corps in Baldonnel to say thank-you to the pilot and airmen who flew him to London for a liver transplant.

Despite months of gruelling treatment, the youngster, who suffered from a childhood liver cancer called hepatoblastoma, can still recall his early morning trip in the AW 139 helicopter on August 11 2009.

"Now I can see everybody that flew me. Thank-you," added the first class pupil at St Mary's Boys National School in Booterstown.

Conor was diagnosed with the rare condition in April 2009 after complaining about a pain in his stomach which got progressively worse.

Within six days he began chemotherapy and his parents, Gerardine and Michael, said he lost his hair, energy and bubbly personality.

But the location of the tumour meant Conor, then five, would only survive if the liver was removed.

Within five days of being on the transplant list he was airlifted to Kings College Hospital for emergency surgery.

Mr Reidy said the family wanted to personally thank Captain Anne Brogan and the crew for their role in saving Conor's life.

"He is in fantastic form now," said Mr Reidy.

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