Saturday, September 12, 2015

National Transplant Week: Thanks to their donors these athletes won gold for Northern Ireland

Belfast Live | Sarah Scott

Fighting fit and feeling strong, these athletes will never forget the people who made it possible for them to compete on a world stage.

But for once it is not their trainers they want to thank but their donors because all four of these athletes are transplant patients.

Kathryn Glover, Catherine Annesley, Phil Cairnduff and Matthew Quinn all represented Northern Ireland in the World Transplant Games for Team GBNI over the summer in Argentina - and together brought back 12 medals.

Now, to mark National Transplant Week, the team are sharing their success stories and urging people to speak to their families about their organ donation wishes.

Kathryn, from Ballygowan in Co Down, was struck down with kidney disease IgA Nephropathy in 2005 and her organs went from 70% functionality to just 5%. Continue reading

 

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