Kenilworth woman ’em otional’ after winning gold and bronze medals at European Transplant Games

A Kenilworth female who made it through 2 liver transplants has actually brought home a gold and a bronze medal from the European Transplant Games.Boryana Nankova, 56

, won the women singles table tennis competitors, and completed third in the women doubles with her partner Emily Potter at the Games in Cagliari, Sardinia.Boryana. stated:"Winning

the gold medal for Excellent Britain felt very psychological. I can believe of nothing much better than being included in such a huge event and witnessing so many competitors that have actually gained from the gift of life from an organ donor."Boryana, a nurse at Kenilworth Grange care house, needed to have a liver transplant 5 years ago despite being fairly in shape and healthy.Her body declined the first liver, indicating she had to have a second transplant just 3 days later.Boryana said she was fortunate to be alive, and motivated everyone to join the organ contribution register.She added:"I realised that if

my donor didn't have a donor card, I could be dead. I'm very lucky. Saying thank you to my donor simply

isn't really enough." Boryana's success at the Games contributed to Team GB's haul of 165 medals, consisting of 67 golds.Lynne Holt, GB Group Manager, from the UK charity Transplant Sport(TS)which supports Team GB, said:" I am pleased with the variety of medals won, which the athletes training, has actually brought success."Numerous of our transplant athletes have actually experienced near death situations and long disease, and it is really pleasing to see them able to delight in a full life, thanks to organ donation."Nevertheless, all our athletes are gold medallists, because they have all won their race for life, but the real champions are those people that gave the gift of life, offering all these professional athletes their

second possibility to live."

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