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Colindale transplant patient Edwin Yamoah says gold medal in British Transplant Games is 'thank you' to the Royal Free Hospital
A former transplant patient who won four gold medals in a British sporting event has dedicated his success to the Royal Free Hospital.
Colindale athlete Edwin Yamoah, 27, triumphed at the British Transplant Games in Sheffield where he came first in the 100m, 200m, 400m and the long jump.
Mr Yamoah was also awarded the coveted Carl Whittaker trophy for running the fastest 100m in all age groups – completing the sprint in 11.63 seconds, just 1.86 seconds slower than Usain Bolt’s 100m run in the World Championships earlier this month.
The Transplant Games are aimed at promoting organ donor awareness and involve hundreds of athletes who have previously received life-saving transplants.
Mr Yamoah underwent a live donor kidney transplant at the Royal Free in April 2011 after suffering from the autoimmune condition systemic lupus erythematosus, which led to kidney failure.
He said: “Winning four gold medals and the Carl Whittaker trophy was my way of giving something back to the Royal Free Hospital where I received impeccable treatment, and making the most of the opportunities the transplant has given me.
“I was also cheered on by my whole family including my sister who was my kidney donor, which made winning the medals extra special.
“It was an amazing experience which I will never forget and it was a pleasure to meet so many people from all over the world who have been through a similar situation to me by undergoing a transplant.”
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