An 11-year-old boy who hadhad his life saved after his dad donated his kidney to him two years ago - represented Great Ormond Street Hospital in the 2013 British Transplant Games this month.
Raphael Havard, of Buttercup Close, Bedford, competed in the special event where he represented GOSH, who treated him during and after his transplant, along with ten other youngsters from the renal department.
Raphael has been a patient at GOSH since he was nine years old, when he developed a medical condition which destroyed his kidneys. Eight months later, Raphael’s Dad Duane stepped forward to donate one of his kidneys, and Raphael underwent a successful kidney transplant.
Duane, 52, said: “It was a really good event and Raphael did extremely well in two of his events. Personally, it just really made me sit back and appreciate what a true gift of life Raphael and all the other peole there have been given through organ donation
“To think that he wouldn’t have been here without the transplant is just really remarkable.
“It’s been really good for Raphael as well, it’s given him the confidence and motivation to want to compete again next year and do even better.”
Raphael, who attends in Alban Academy in Great Barford, competed in badminton, the 50-metre sprint, swimming and long jump.