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Salford priest dies after battling cystic fibrosis

A Salford priest who had battled cystic fibrosis for much of his life has died aged 47.

Father Michael Ryan, who served three parishes in Eccles, passed away on Monday at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The popular clergyman underwent a double lung transplant eight years ago, which gave him a "new lease of life", vicar general Father Anthony Kay said.

"He overcame many personal challenges because of his condition - he showed great courage," he added.

Father Ryan was the parish priest for Holy Cross, St Matthews and St Gilbert's churches.

'Progressive disability'

The median age for life expectancy of those with cystic fibrosis is 38.

His good friend, Father David Featherstone, said: "He had a great dignity and would never want any special treatment because of his condition.

"He would often have difficulty breathing and other complications from the disease he never made a fuss.

"He was an excellent parish priest and he will be sorely missed by all the knew him.

"He also leaves a fantastic family behind, his mother, father, brother and sister-in-law were always there for him."

Cystic fibrosis is a common disease which affects the entire body, causing progressive disability and often early death.

Difficulty breathing is the often the most serious symptom and is caused by frequent lung infections that are treated, though not cured, by antibiotics and other medications.

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