Lydia of Year 11 has triumphed in the recent World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. Just days after the Year 11 Prom, she won the 5km cycle time trial in a new personal best of 7 minutes 49 seconds. Lydia was born with a progressive terminal liver disease called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) and in 2007 at the age of six underwent a life-saving and life-enhancing transplant.
She has not let this hold her back and is a regular competitor at the British Transplant Games where she won the Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race in her age group, coming third overall. Now she is officially the world Time Trial Champion for her age group making us all very proud!
On average three people die every day because there just aren’t enough organs available. Currently, only 50% of the population have talked about organ donation with their family. There are insufficient donors and people die waiting for a life saving transplant. 98% would take an organ if they needed one but only 31% of people are registered as donors. Right now, more than 7,500 people in the UK need an organ transplant. More donors means more lives saved. If you would like to register as an organ donor, see www.organdonation.nhs.uk