Chapman to compete in transplant games

ONLY a decade a go Adele Chapman wasn't given much hope, however following a hugely successful triple transplant operation, she is now training to take part in the British Transplant Games in August.

The Waterside girl, who was the first child in Britain to undergo a life-saving triple organ transplant operation on her liver, small bowel and pancreas, will be competing in the games, which are to be staged in Sheffield, from Thursday, August 7 until Sunday, August 10.

Close family friend Simon Nagra, who is helping with marketing and is getting the Indian community involved with Derry City, is thrilled that Adele is not only representing her home town but also Derry City FC.

"Adele was at the recent Cork City game and really enjoyed herself, she also received a tracksuit and a few other things, which Derry kindly sponsored for her," said Nagra.

"Only ten years ago, Adele's mother Doreen went against medical advice and she got a miracle."

The successful operation took place at Birmingham Children's Hospital, in April, 1998. Adele had to wait two months for a donor to come forward, but thankfully after the hospital released pictures of her in March a donor was found.

"At the time no other child had such a big operation and ever come through it, but thankfully for us. Adele did. Now she is getting prepared to compete in the British Transplant Games.

"Adele is the first person in the world to come through such an operation successfully and now we are all over the moon that she is going to represent her home town of Derry City, at the British Transplant Games."