A team of Plymouth patients are celebrating their achievements at the recent British Transplant Games, having won a mixture of gold, silver and bronze medals.
The Plymouth team, comprising of transplantees from both Devon and Cornwall, took part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games held in Newport 25 to 28 July.
Organised by charity Transplant Sport and taking place in different host cities every summer, the event attracted around 2,500 transplant recipients, live donors, donor families and supporters.
A number of patients representing the Plymouth team received their transplant operation and/or follow-up treatment at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. They include:
- Tracy Carroll, a kidney transplantee from Helston, who won a gold and silver medal, as well as two bronze medals, for competing in swimming events
- Stuart House, a kidney transplantee from Millbrook, who won a gold and a silver medal for competing in swimming events
- Tom Hobbins, a liver transplantee from Plymouth, who won a bronze medal in the golf tournament
Plymouth’s team manager, John Wollington, said: “This is no ordinary sporting event as the competitors have all undergone life-saving transplants. The aim of the games is to promote the importance of organ donation, to encourage families to have the donation conversation and to show people that you can still lead a healthy and active lifestyle after a transplant.
“The team would like to thank the University Hospitals Plymouth Renal Department and Liver Unit, as well as Royal Cornwall Hospital, for their sponsorship.”
Linda Boorer, Transplant Nurse Consultant at Derriford Hospital, added: “On behalf of the South West Transplant Unit I would like to congratulate the team. It is an admirable achievement to take part in such an inspirational event.”