Transplant Games


                                  21st World Transplant Games























Michelle Mitchell, from Felixstowe, brought back a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal from the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga last June.  If sprinting 100, 200 and 400 metres wasn’t challenging enough, the school caretaker planned to add middle-distance to her repertoire by running the 800 metres at the annual British Transplant Games, in Glasgow.  Before her operation, the mother-of-two ran for Felixstowe Runners and completed two London marathons, but treatment cut short her long-distance training as well as full time work running food hygiene contracts in factories and supermarkets.  Training is made more difficult by side-effects from the strong drugs taken to stop Michelle rejecting the transplanted organ.  Returning from winning gold in the relay and silver in the 200 and 400 metres, she said: “It was just an awesome experience – and it went really well.  I came back with such a positive attitude”.  Michelle underwent life-saving liver transplant surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital three years ago after being diagnosed with PBC. 


Congratulations are also due to Nick Whitehurst who gained a Gold medal at the Games in his category for Squash less than two years after receiving his transplant.  Both Michelle and Nick were part of the 14-strong Addenbrooke’s team, of whom seven were liver recipients and all brought back at least one medal.  Team GB and NI won overall so it is official – we have the best Transplant Sport athletes in the world!    Evidently anything is possible!