A Sligo woman has been recognised as the world's longest surviving single lung transplant recipient at an event in Dublin.

77-year-old Vera Dwyer was diagnosed with an irreversible, chronic and ultimately fatal fibrotic lung disease 30 years ago.

Her condition was deteriorating rapidly, leaving her bedbound.

She received a single lung transplant in a life-saving operation the UK in 1988 because at the time, such procedures were not available in Ireland.

Ms Dwyer was awarded a gold medallion from the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

Vera, a mother of four, a grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of three, also received a kidney transplant in 2009 and underwent hip replacement surgery in May 2018. 

She has been in the care of the National Heart and Lung Transplant team at The Mater Hospital since it opened in 2003.

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