As a six month old infant, Catriona Garry developed full-blown liver cirrhosis caused by Alpha-1. Three years later, in 1999, she received a life-saving liver transplant. In 2008, she also received a kidney transplant. Inspired by her daughter, Catriona's mother Joan is now pursuing a nursing degree.

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The Alpha One Foundation is calling on the Minister for Health to intervene following a decision by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) not to approve funding of the life-changing therapy Respreeza. Respreeza is the only proven treatment that slows the progression of emphysema caused by severe alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) or Alpha-1.

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The Alpha One Foundation Christmas Cards are for sale again this year at the same great value at €5 for a pack of ten. The cards include our contact details as well as information on Alpha-1. Email us or call 01-8093871 if you would like to order.

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We are delighted to showcase our new educational film on Alpha-1 which was officially launched at the Annual Alpha-1 Conference on October 7th. Funded by an educational grant from the Health Research Board and developed in conjunction with COPD Support Ireland, RCSI, and DCU, we must give very special thanks to the O’Donnell and Gormley families, Anne Gormley and Orla Keane. 

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