Transplant girl scoops two medals

Alice Skinner
Alice Skinner

A BATTLING youngster who was born without kidneys has scooped silver and bronze medals in the games for transplant patients.

Hartlepool’s Alice Skinner spent four days in Essex competing in the British Transplant Games with dozens of other youngsters and adults from around the UK who have had life-saving transplant operations.

And the 11-year-old, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2008, won a silver for her table tennis efforts, and bronze in a ball-throwing competition.

Today her proud dad George Skinner, from Clavering, said his daughter, who started St Hild’s C of E Secondary School, in King Oswy Drive, earlier this month, said he was amazed at her achievements particularly as she had only had an operation on her knees in July.

Medics had fitted hinges to her knee-caps to help straighten Alice’s legs which had become bent following years of kidney dialysis. The hinges are due to be removed in February next year.

George, 43, said: “We’re really proud of her, especially considering she only had an operation on her knees a couple of months ago.

“She really enjoys the Games because it’s for people who’ve had similar problems to her and she meets the same people every year she goes.”

Alice, a former Clavering Primary School pupil, has been to the Transplant Games for four years running and George says she has around 10 medals from different events.

He added: “I took her last year and her mam, Nicola, took her this year. She had a great time, and now she’s having a great time at her new school.

“I went to pick her up the other day and seeing her walk out in her uniform was lovely. She looked dead cute in her uniform.”