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Friday, August 12, 2016

Helen's a gold winning transplant patient

Duke of Edinburgh's Award employee Helen's amazing victory over illness

A woman who has undergone a life-saving kidney and liver transplant has overcome poor health to win gold at a national games for transplant patients.

Helen Wilson, who works in Madeira Walk, Windsor as head of human resources for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, picked up a glittering gold medal in archery and javelin at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games last weekend.

The games are designed to promote the benefits of transplant operation and encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register.

Helen, who lives in Wokingham, had a kidney transplant in 2007 - lovingly donated by her brother - and a liver transplant in December 2013 following diagnoses of both polycystic kidney and liver disease.

Having had both kidneys removed she needed dialysis treatment for five hours three times a week.

She was even taken off the organ donor list after being deemed too sick. But she eventually had a transplant and learnt about the games during her time at King's College Hospital in London. Continue reading
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