The son of a kidney transplant patient has taken on a gruelling US Navy Seals fitness challenge in tribute to his father who has “lived life to the full” since his procedure.

Peter Heffernan, 65, from Skerries, Dublin has won multiple gold medals at the World Transplant Games since receiving the organ in 2011. He also competed as a dialysis patient.

But son Cian, 24, told Dublin Live before his operation, Peter struggled to get off the couch to play with him.

He said: “Dad’s come such a long way. When I was a kid playing football he couldn’t play with me because of his condition and he had very little energy

“To see him go from there to winning medals left right and centre at the World Transplant Games has been amazing and just goes to show the difference transplants make.

“It’s so great to see him training for the World Games events and it gives me huge inspiration, to be honest.”

Cian spoke to Dublin Live in the middle of the punishing challenge inspired by former US Navy Seal David Goggins.

It requires a four-mile run every four hours for 48 hours and Cian has thrown in a 200-metre sea swim for good measure.

He finishes the feat today to mark World Kidney Day 2021.

Peter said life after the transplant has been “wonderful” and paid tribute to the organ donor who made it all possible.

Cian Carty Heffernan (24) decided to support the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) and mark World Kidney Day, Thursday 11th March 2021, by completing a 4 X 4 X 48 Challenge in his native Skerries, Co Dublin which he began two days previously. Peter Heffernan joined his son for a 200-meter swim in the cold Irish sea after one of Cian's 4 mile runs which he undertook every four hours over the two days.
Cian Carty Heffernan (24) decided to support the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) and mark World Kidney Day, Thursday 11th March 2021, by completing a 4 X 4 X 48 Challenge in his native Skerries, Co Dublin which he began two days previously. Peter Heffernan joined his son for a 200-meter swim in the cold Irish sea after one of Cian’s 4 mile runs which he undertook every four hours over the two days.
(Image: Conor McCabe Photography)

He added: “It’s only after some time that you realise the gift you got from the donor and from the donor’s family.

“Not only do they give you life but they also give the gift of life to your family and your friends.

“In Ireland, there is usually no formal contact between the donor or their family and the recipient but recipients often contact them by letter or email.

“It took two years to find the words. It’s at that stage you realise the gift you received.

“The irony is for your joyous moment when you get that call to say you have an organ, some other family are in the depths of grief.

“For them to think of someone else is a huge act of kindness.

You can apply for an organ donation card through the Irish Kidney Foundation website or through their new digital organ donor card app.

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