Five medals for Helston woman after kidney transplant

Five medals for Helston woman after kidney transplant

Five medals for Helston woman after kidney transplant

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A Helston woman who was given a kidney by her mother has gone on to win five medals in her first ever British Transplant Games.

Tracy Carroll, who received the kidney transplant three and a half years ago, after her mother Angela Carroll was found to be a match, said she didn’t think “for a second” she would return from the event in Bolton with such a haul.

Tracy said: “I am overjoyed with how well I have done. I have been swimming every day before work to ensure that I was reasonably fit, but didn’t think for a second I would come back with a full house of one gold, three silvers and one bronze.

“It will be a hard act to follow next year.”

She entered the games with the Plymouth team, consisting of adults who have had a transplant at Derriford Hospital and are mostly from Devon and Cornwall.

Despite only being a team of nine, they returned home with an impressive 24 medals.

The British Transplant Games encourages those who have received a transplant to lead active and healthy lives while showcasing the benefits of transplantation.

The aim of the charity Transplant Sport, which organises the Games, is to raise awareness of the need for more people to sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

In the UK, 10,000 people are waiting for a life saving transplant, and three die each day waiting.

More than 700 athletes from 55 transplant units across the UK took part, competing in 20 different sports including archery, athletics, golf, squash, snooker, tennis, cycling and swimming.

Selection for Team Great Britain will take place after these games, and the successful athletes will compete at the World Transplant Games in Argentina next year.

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