Corby girl to take part in British Transplant Games

Isla Wilson
Isla Wilson

A little girl from Corby will be taking part in this week’s British Transplant Games.

Isla Wilson, six, had a kidney transplant when she was three, and will be part of a team of children who were treated at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

The nine youngsters, aged six to 18, will be competing in a range of sports from swimming to obstacle courses.

The games are open to anyone who has had any type of organ transplant and are designed to encourage patients to regain fitness, as well as helping to raise awareness of the need for people to join the Organ Donor Register.

All of Nottingham’s participants have had kidney transplants.

Isla had her transplant three years ago after spending several years having regular dialysis.

Her mum Catherine said: “Isla suffered complications as a result of pneumonia which then caused her kidneys to stop working.

“She was only one at the time and for the next two and a half years we were pretty much living at the hospital.

“At the time you feel like it’s never going to end, but these days Isla is happy and healthy and able to do all the things that other children do.

“We really wanted to get involved in the Games because she’s been given a new lease of life, and it’s really important to get the message across about how important transplants are.”

Isla said: “I am going to be doing ball-throwing and running, and the obstacle course. I am really looking forward to it.”

Nottingham Children’s Hospital is a regional centre for kidney transplants, treating patients from across the East Midlands.

This year’s team will have bright new T-shirts thanks to a donation from Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the fundraising work of hospital staff, patients and their families.

Clinical nurse specialist for paediatric transplantation Kim Helm said: “We’re so proud of every member of our team.

“They have all done amazingly well in their recovery and we can’t wait to see them flying the flag for Nottingham at the Games.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped fundraise for the new kit.

“It will mean that we will really stand out among the competitors and ensure our team members can have a different coloured T-shirt every day.”

The British Games will take place in Newcastle from Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2.

The World Transplant Games run from August 23 to 30.