David Farmer’s Uphill Journey to the Transplant Games

SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE | By Alison Murtagh, Swimming World College Intern

David Farmer is currently preparing to swim in his first Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio this coming June. However, his road to competition took much longer than any other swim meet he has ever trained for.

Growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Farmer was a swimmer from a young age. He swam for the Lake Eerie Silver Dolphins, as well as for the Hawken School. Farmer went on to swim the 200 breaststroke, 100 IM, and 100 butterfly at Hamilton College in New York.

After college, Farmer remained active, taking up CrossFit to stay in shape. However, in January 2011, his life changed forever. At 41 years of age, Farmer was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, hepatitis. Treatment did not work, and his liver failure increased. Shortly after he was discharged from the hospital, Farmer fell into a coma.

On February 28, 2011, Farmer underwent surgery to receive a liver transplant. Due to the severity of his condition, Farmer was able to bypass the line for an organ donation and receive a new liver immediately. Continue reading
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