Chadwell Heath teen wins gold at World Transplant Games

Fourteen years ago Jack Booth was about to go into theatre to have a kidney transplant on the eve of his 4th birthday.

But last week, the 16-year-old celebrated after he won three gold medals for badminton and table tennis at the World Transplant Games, held in Gothenberg, Sweden.

His father, Ian, was at the event, and mother Linda described how proud she is of her son, who goes to Oaks Park High School, Newbury Park.

“He had at least four hours training a week before this,” she said.

“I couldn’t go but when I got the call I was told to sit down. “You wouldn’t imagine he has had a kidney transplant when you look at him now. He’s a big tall boy, taller than me.” Jack, of Haywards Close, Chadwell Heath, was born with a rare genetic disorder that meant his kidneys started to fail when he was just a few months old.

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Since his kidney transplant, he has also had heart surgery related to his condition, but remains committed to his studies at school.

Speaking a week after winning the singles and doubles matches at the tournament, Jack said: “I won gold during the last transplant games so I was eager to retain the title.

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“The people I met there were really inspirational. It’s interesting to hear other people’s stories and how their transplants came about.”

Now he has his future mapped out and is determined to be a firefighter after he leaves school.

“I’ve been told the disorder could return but I try not to think about that,” he said.

“I’m already looking forward to the next transplant games in two years time. I hope I can come home with more gold medals next time!”

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