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Four-year-old from Northampton wins gold at British Transplant Games

Four-year-old Tyrese Leslie from Northampton got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games lby winning a gold medal for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) at the 2014 British Transplant Games. NNL-140815-145551001

Four-year-old Tyrese Leslie from Northampton got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games lby winning a gold medal for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) at the 2014 British Transplant Games. NNL-140815-145551001

A four-year-old boy from Northampton who had a heart transplant two years ago has won a gold medal in the 2014 British Transplant Games.

Representing Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Tyrese Leslie competed against athletes from other UK hospitals in the ball throw, obstacle course and 25m race at the games, which took place in Bolton from August 7 to 10.

The Sunnyside Primary Academy pupil won a gold medal in the 25m race.

Tyrese has been a patient at GOSH since he was two, receiving treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition. He had a successful heart transplant in 2012.

His mum Natalie said: “We are so proud of everything Tyrese has achieved. As always, our thoughts and gratitude go out to Tyrese’s donor and their family – our hero with a halo.”

Janet Holmes, Cardiac and Surgical Play Team Leader at GOSH, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Tyrese. The Games are a fantastic celebration of the gift of organ donation, and show just how much transplant patients can go on to achieve. Every single member of our team is a champion.”

 

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