Transplant games are pure gold for Sheeba

Transplant Games winner Sheeba Young
Transplant Games winner Sheeba Young

A woman who had a new liver and kidney in 2002 has won three gold medals and a silver at her first British Transplant Games.

Sheeba Young, 36, of Corby, took part in the event in Sheffield and won gold medals in the discus event, the 5k cycling time trial and the 10k cycling race, as well as taking silver in the 100 metres run.

Aged 25, she was diagnosed with oxalosis, a condition affecting the kidneys, and became so ill her weight dropped to less than 6st and she was confined to a wheelchair.

After the double transplant operation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, she made a slow recovery and was eventually able to return to work.

Sheeba, whose husband Adrian is a transport police officer, received a new kidney and liver from a 15-year-old girl who had been killed in a car crash.

She said: “I was very ill before the transplant surgery.

“My sister in India had the same condition and was on dialysis for seven years.

“Sadly she died before a donor could be found.

“I was given the gift of life and I want to do as much with it as I can.”

Sheeba, who works as a neighbourhood warden for Corby Council, is a keen cyclist and has raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in sponsored bike rides and runs.

She also enjoys boxing and karate and completes days of intensive training at boot camp every month.

She said: “I want to promote organ donation and the work of the Donor Family Network.

“They have given me my life. This was my first transplant games and I’m delighted I did so well.

“My husband is really proud of me too.”