Hockey player fights back from kidney failure to compete in British Transplant Games

Flora King from Granborough who is taking part in the British Transplant Games PNL-140728-111153001

Flora King from Granborough who is taking part in the British Transplant Games PNL-140728-111153001

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A keen hockey and tennis player who has battled kidney failure will represent Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) at the British Transplant Games in August.

Flora King, 16, from Granborough will join the GOSH renal team to represent the hospital and compete against athletes from other UK hospitals in tennis, ball throw, long jump and table tennis. She will also be helping to run the mini tennis event for five to twelve year olds. The games take place in Bolton from August 7 to 10.

Flora said: “I’m so happy to be going to the British Transplant Games again this year. As well as competing in my events, I’m looking forward to helping out with the mini tennis event – it’s such a fantastic sport and I hope we can get lots of children excited about playing tennis.”

Flora was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2009 after her tennis coach noticed the first signs of her illness. She had a successful kidney transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital the following year, when her dad, David, donated a kidney.

Determined not to give up sport, Flora kept playing right up until her transplant, and has since gone on to great success at the British Transplant Games. Last year, she was selected to compete at the World Transplant Games in South Africa, winning gold medals in tennis, long jump and ball throw.

Team managers Suzanne Collin and Suzanne Bradley said: “We’re delighted Flora will be part of the GOSH Renal Team at the 2014 British Transplant Games. The games provide a wonderful arena to raise awareness and celebrate the life changing gift of organ donation for our transplant patients and their families. It is also a momentous opportunity to honour the donors and the donor families through whom these games are made possible.”

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