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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:
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."
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.