Royal Free patient wins silver at British Transplant Games

A 26-year-old man who had a kidney transplant only two years ago is sprinting his way to the top as he takes silver at the British Transplant Games.

Edwin Yamoah was left desperately ill in hospital when his kidneys almost failed, after a six year fight with the autoimmune disease, lupus.

After his cousin and best match, had to pull out at the last minute, the young man successfully took on a kidney from his sister at the Royal Free.

In just a few weeks, the track-star was back on his feet, gearing up for this year’s games, where patients with donated hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys, compete for the winning medals.

“I always liked sports when I was in school,” explained Mr Yamoah.

“But it was football, rather than running.

“When the competition came up I thought it was a good chance to get back in to it.

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“I was quietly confident, because I am a competitive type of person.”

“There were some people who started competing when they were 2, and some people who are 80, and are still healthy enough to play sports.

“It was really amazing to see.”

Mr Yamoah, who came away with silver medals in the 100m and 200m sprint, was singled out by the Great Britain coach, who hopes he will run on behalf of the country, at next year’s World Transplant Games in South Africa.