Holly’s a winner after gift of life

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An inspiring five-year-old girl with a rare kidney disorder won two gold medals at the British Transplant Games a year after her mother gave her the gift of life.

Holly Wilson from Castleford was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a condition which causes her kidneys to leak protein. Last year her mother Natalie Wilson donated her kidney to her daughter and saved her life.

Holly quickly bounced back from the operation, and last month represented the Leeds Children’s Transplant Team and competed in the 0-5 years category at the annual sporting event in Liverpool.

She went on to win two golds, one in the 25 metre sprint and another in the long jump. She also won a silver in the ball throw event. Her mother said: “Holly’s going to do it again next year and she can’t wait.”

The games allow transplant patients to take part in sporting events and encourages them to become active after treatment.

Mrs Wilson raised all the funds to allow Holly and her family to travel to the event. She set up a raffle in her salon, The Beauty Box in Castleford.

She said: “It’s definitely given Holly a lot more confidence by taking part in the games.”

One of the main purposes of the British Transplant Games is to raise awareness of organ transplants and encourage people to sign the organ donor register. Officials say one organ donor can save the lives of up to nine people.

Mrs Wilson added: “It’s definitely been hard to cope with something like this but the transplant games have really helped Holly.”

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Graham Pearce of KPMG

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