A BROTHER and sister who have both battled life-threatening kidney conditions have been chosen to represent Great Ormond Street Hospital at the British Transplant Games 2014.
Ella and Oliver Wishick, from Leigh, who have both had kidney transplants thanks to their devoted parents, will travel to Bolton for a taste of the games this weekend.
Oliver, 11, and Ella, 16, were given their life-saving operations at Great Ormond Street.
Oliver was born with tiny kidneys which did not function properly and had to go on dialysis at just one month old.
He had a successful kidney transplant at the age of two when his dad, Mark, donated a kidney.
Ella was born with kidney failure, which was treated with medication, avoiding the need for dialysis, until her kidney function started to worsen in 2012.
In February 2013 her mum Jo donated one of her kidneys to Ella, eight years after Oliver’s transplant.
Ella and Oliver will join the hospital’s renal team to compete against athletes from other UK hospitals at the games, which take place in Bolton from August 7 to 10.
Oliver will compete in badminton, table tennis, football, the 50m race, long jump and the obstacle course, while Ella will take part in badminton, table tennis, ten pin bowling, ball throw and volleyball.
At last year’s Games in Sheffield, Ella won a gold medal in ten pin bowling and two bronze medals in badminton and ball throw, while Oliver took home a gold medal in the obstacle race and bronze medals in badminton and the 50m sprint.
Team manager Suzanne Collin said: “We’re delighted Oliver and Ella 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.
“The British Transplant Games are equally about friendships being renewed and made amidst the host of sporting activities that our competitors will actively embark upon as they support each other to achieve their goals and aspirations for the games.
“Each and every member of our team is a hero and we will be cheering them all the way in Bolton.”
For more information about organ donation, visit www.organdonation.
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