Kenilworth woman who made it through 2 liver transplants is opting for gold

A Kenilworth woman who endured two liver transplants is now set to compete as a professional athlete for Terrific Britain in the European Transplant Games next week.Boryana Nankova, 56

, a nurse at Kenilworth Grange care house, needed to have a liver transplant five years ago despite being relatively healthy and fit.

Boryana Nankova is off to the European Transplant Games

Boryana Nankova is off to the European Transplant Games Her body turned down the first liver, meaning she had

to have a second transplant just three days later.Boryana stated she was fortunate to be alive, and encouraged everyone to sign up with the organ contribution register.She included:"I realised that if my donor didn't have a donor card, I might be dead. I'm extremely fortunate. Stating thank you to my donor just isn't really enough." I simply desire everybody

to tell everybody about how important organ contribution is-anybody can be in the position I was in with no warning. "Now, five years on, Boryana will complete for the gold medal in ladies's table tennis at the European Transplant Games, to be held in Sardinia from Sunday June 17 to Sunday June 24. She has been training tough in preparation for the Games.She said:"I can't actually believe the position I'm in after the hell I had. It's tough to describe how I feel."It resembles a second, or even a third, life for me. "Boryana will be signing up with more than 50 professional athletes in the Group GB team, all of whom have had organ transplants.Lynne Holt, from the

UK charity Transplant Sport (TS) which supports Team Great Britain, stated:"The athletes require to be at their peak of fitness to contend, plainly highlighting the benefits of organ transplant."A lot of our transplant athletes have actually experienced near death scenarios and long illness, and it is very gratifying to see them able to take pleasure in a complete life, thanks to

organ contribution."All our athletes are gold medallists, in that they have all won their race for life. Nevertheless, the true champs are those people that offered the present of life, using all these professional athletes their second chance to live."