Three young Scots who have all had kidney transplants are celebrating after being picked to represent Britain at the World Transplant Games in South Africa.
The dynamic trio, Sam Pooley (14 years old) from Dunbar, Rory MacRae (18 years old) from Bridge of Allan and Zoe Buchanan (17 years old) from Shetland were chosen after successfully competing in the British Transplant Games last year.
All three underwent their transplants at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and continue to be to be seen and supported by the Renal Unit at the hospital. Sam underwent his kidney transplant in June 2003, Rory in 2012 and Zoe in 2010.
Sam, Rory and Zoe will take on more than 2000 other athletes from across the world at the transplant Games in South Africa from 29 July to 3 August.
Zoe has been taking part in the games for a couple of years and won five medals for badminton at her first games two years ago.
Both Sam and Rory took part part in their first games last year and are both delighted that they have been picked to represent Britain this year in South Africa. Sam for athletics and Rory for table tennis.
Supporting the young people in their bids for medals at the Games is Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson who said: "I'm delighted to hear that Sam, Zoe and Rory will be travelling to South Africa to compete in the World Transplant Games.
“The Games are a wonderful celebration and they demonstrate the quality of life that can be achieved following a transplant. The Games also offer the opportunity to raise awareness of how organ donation can save and enhance lives."
Transplant co-ordinator at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children Diane King is part of the Renal Team who helps make sure the young people continue to stay healthy and is extremely proud of how well the three of them have progressed since their surgery.
She said: “We are delighted that these three remarkable kids have overcome ill health to compete against other athletes from across the world.
“Everyone at the Unit will be supporting them when they go to South Africa and we are hoping they all achieve the success they deserve.”
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