Orla Tinsley's incredible documentary, "Orla Tinsley Warrior", follows her harrowing journey, highs and lows before her life-changing New York surgery.
The avid campaigner Orla Tinsley was the subject of a moving documentary on RTE One on Monday night, sharing a glimpse into the journey that led her to the seventh call lucky.
After six false alarms, Tinsley received word that she would be given a new chance at life. The 30-year-old had been waiting in New York for months before her double lung transplant in December 2017.
While on life support at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Kildare woman still allowed a camera crew to document the distress, the disappointment, and the life-changing surgery.
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It was a real privilege to be able to take Great Strides for CF this morning with an incredible group of people. Thank you so much to all my friends who came out to support and stride! Life is so much more beautiful with people like you in it. Today would not have been possible without my donor. I thought of them all day. Another person it would not have been possible without is my CF consultant, Dr.Walker, from Mount Sinai Beth Israel who I happened to see on line before the walk started. I hadn’t seen her since she visited me during my recovery in the ICU last December. It’s easy with the new routine, life and transplant commitments to neglect to look back, because looking back can be tough, but today I salute her great work and remember the many, deep, hard earned wins we made together and how her team helped me through my darkest times. #greatstrides #newyork #ninjamoves #lungtransplant #organdonation #OrlasOgres #Ogrelife @cf_foundation @mountsinainyc #cysticfibrosis
She shared the moments of elation and devastation for one reason: to raise awareness about organ donation, transplants, and Cystic Fibrosis.
As hundreds of people took to social media to commend her braver, Tinsley shared online:
"I have no words for the response tonight. I am in awe of the way people are reaching out, understanding and commiting (sic) to becoming donors. I appreciate and I’m reading every single story and response. Thank you for being part of this and making a difference. #Warrior"
Cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley has urged people to consider organ donation. She has spoken of her experience in a documentary to be broadcast tonight pic.twitter.com/O4zy7DenwK— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 17, 2018
Some 650 families going through similar experiences right now awaiting organ donation. After the documentary, the hashtag organ donation began trending and the Irish Kidney Association took to Twitter to personally thank Tinsley for raising awareness.
On Monday, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Irish Donor Network also renewed their call on the Government for the introduction of presumed consent organ donation legislation to improve transplant rates in the country.
To request your own organ donor card, follow the link here or free text 'DONOR' to 50050.
A beautifully written account of the operation and recovery period written by Tinsley, a journalist, can be accessed here.
It's my honour to know @orlatinsley a little. A brilliant, decent and very funny woman, she's also worthy of the title 'warrior'. We really need an opt-out organ donation system here. Meantime, please think about getting an organ donor card. #OrlaTinsley https://t.co/gy7yi9JxlV— Donal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) September 17, 2018
Only 15 minutes in to the @RTEOne documentary on her lung transplant and I'm completely in awe of #OrlaTinsley. A true warrior. We should have an opt-out organ donation system but until that happens please sign up to be an organ donor.— Colette Sexton (@colette_sexton) September 17, 2018
This is so beautifully written and so powerful. Ninja Tinsley is an extraordinary person. Apply for an organ donor card. I did, in January, because of Orla’s story. https://t.co/YH0tJitkxa— Rosita Boland (@RositaBoland) September 15, 2018
Watching #Orlatinsley and realising I have very little in life to worry about! What a fighter! Everyone should carry a donor card!! You can sign up for one here #warrior #organdonation https://t.co/DgdRnwKYUO…— Nuala McCann (@Nuala19) September 17, 2018
What an incredible inspiration @orlatinsley is; her determination, courage, gratitude & positivity. And in her words “to go after your dreams, don’t care what anyone else thinks and live your life the way you want”. #orlatinsleywarrior #organdonation— Amy Huberman (@amyhuberman) September 17, 2018
I interviewed #OrlaTinsley today ahead of the doc. It hasn't left me. Tomorrow I will make sure to order a new donor card and carry it with me. Life is too precious.— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) September 17, 2018
Emotional watching #OrlaTinsley brilliant doc with the family tonight. I’m in the middle of my own transplant story and she has given me huge hope.— Paul T (@RommelBurke) September 17, 2018
I would urge everyone to consider #organdonation. It really is the greatest gift.
This article was originally published in our sister publication U Magazine.