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Transplant Games: Grateful golden girl Kathyrn reflects on her gift of life

Five medals: Kathryn Glover
Five medals: Kathryn Glover

By Victoria O'Hara

A teacher who underwent 10 hours of kidney dialysis a day for four years will today return as one of the stars of the Northern Ireland Transplant team after winning five medals.

Kathryn Glover (33) from Ballygowan said the only exercise she could have done while waiting for a new organ was walking.

But after finally getting the life-changing call and undergoing a kidney transplant in 2009, her world has been transformed and she has become a sporting hero.

Today Kathryn is coming home from Bolton with two golds for the 100m breast stroke and ladies' singles tennis, two silver medals for the 50m breaststroke and the discus and a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

"To be able to take up sport again–be given that chance was just fabulous," she said.

Kathryn said it is hard to believe how her life has changed after receiving the "gift of life".

"Looking back, what I did was just work and sleep and have dialysis," she said.

"Simple things like family events and my social life were curtailed a lot."

Kathryn's first Transplant Games was three years ago when they were hosted in Belfast but she says it can always be an emotional experience.

She described the atmosphere at this year's games as "amazing".

"It was emotional during the opening ceremony when the donor families are involved. Without them we wouldn't be here and if it wasn't for the chat their loved ones had with them before they died about wanting to be an organ donor, then we wouldn't be here," she said.

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