Girl in World Transplant Games

A Cornish schoolgirl is about to compete in the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa. Olivia Ball-Hymns was born with chronic liver disease. A transplant allowed her to dedicate herself to swimming.

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Full report: Cornish girl in World Transplant Games

A Cornish school girl has been selected to represent her country at the World Transplant Games.

Later this week 14-year-old Olivia Ball-Hymns from Newquay will fly to South Africa.

Olivia was born with chronic liver disease and at 9-years-old, was given just weeks to live.

Luckily a donor was found, giving her a new lease of life.

Claire Manning reports:

Teenage transplant swimmer thanks organ donor

I have to say thank you to the young man who gave me my liver and saved my life and this is why I am here now, this is why I am here telling people how important it is and how many more children are sitting in hospital, just sitting on the waiting list and still haven't got what they're looking for.

– Olivia Ball-Hymns, 14, talking to our reporter Claire Manning

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Teenage transplant swimmer: It feels amazing

Olivia Ball-Hymns at her final training session in Newquay. Credit: ITV News

Olivia told our reporter Claire Manning:

"It's sort of surreal, you know, to think of how unwell I actually was and to be here now representing my country for something like this is just amazing, and swimming through the water sort of makes me feel free."

Schoolgirl to compete at World Transplant Games

A Cornish schoolgirl is about to compete in the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa. Olivia Ball-Hymns, 14, from Newquay was born with chronic liver disease and at 9 years-old was given weeks to live unless a donor was found. A transplant allowed her to dedicate herself to swimming.

All the participants in the World Transplant Games have received life-saving organ transplant surgery and the event aims to to promote the benefits and highlight the need for organ donation.

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