A team of 35 transplant patients from Birmingham Children’s Hospital triumphed at this year’s British Transplant Games and came away with the coveted ‘Best Children’s Team’ award, for the 16th year in a row.
The young athletes - aged between 4 and 17 - came from all over the country to represent the hospital, with one family travelling from Italy.
The team won over 55 individual medals, as well as team gold for the 400m relay, team silver for the swimming relay and award for Best Liver Team. There were also individual awards for Luca Biagetti, from Chester who won Best Under 5 Child, Maisie Danher from The Wirral for Best Child aged 6 – 8 and Matthew Salkeld from Carlisle for Best Child aged 15 – 17.
Competing this year for the first time was 13 year-old Keeleigh John, who only received her lifesaving liver and kidney transplant just before Christmas 2011. Keeleigh from Bridgewater, was born with a rare condition Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis that affects the liver and kidneys.
Team Manager, Karen Stevens, said: “We are all immensely proud of what these amazing children have achieved in this year’s Games, both as individuals and as a team. We are very grateful for all the support given to the team by their families and everyone at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, especially the Charities who provide funding for the team to be able to attend. These children and young people show just how important organ donation is.”
- The team celebrate winning the Best Children’s Team award.
- Luca Biagetti and Maisie Danher with their awards
- Matthew Salkeld receives his gold medal for the long jump
- Keeleigh John competing in the Obstacle Race
- Keeleigh and her brother Klaiton
- There are further photos of individuals competing or receiving medals available on request.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).