'Carry a card' says 19-year-old Brenda

NINETEEN-year-old Brenda Cullen is a bundle of energy. Effervescent, lively and full of plans for a future, she's a typical teenager ready to grab life by the horns.

It's hard to believe that two years ago she was on dialysis and anxiously awaiting a kidney transplant,

The daughter of Anne and George Cullen from Ballybeg, Ferns, Brenda got severely sick in December 2007, when her kidneys began to fail.

At the time Brenda was studying for her Leaving Certificate at Coláiste Bríde and was desperate to do well in her exams, while enduring the dialysis treatments three times a week.

'I had to take time out from school, but I had to make up the classes I missed. I was doing my Leaving Cert. so it had to be done,' said the plucky youngster, who overcame her illness to pass the exam with flying colours.

On July 2, Brenda 2008 Brenda got a call from Beaumont Hospital and within 24 hours had received her donor kidney.

'This has totally changed my life,' said Brenda, who is now completing her second year in a hairdressing course with Enniscorthy VEC.

'Having a kidney transplant changed my life, and I'd encourage people to carry donor cards.'

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