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George, 12, takes on the world at Transplant Games

PUBLISHED: 15:03 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 25 August 2010

GOLDEN BOY: George with some of his medals.

GOLDEN BOY: George with some of his medals.

A BOY who had a kidney transplant before his second birthday and was born weighing just three pounds will represent the country in a world sports event.

A BOY who had a kidney transplant before his second birthday and was born weighing just three pounds will represent the country in a world sports event.

George Mortlock, 12, of Mount Road, Bexleyheath, will be travelling to Australia's Gold Coast for the World Transplant Games on August 22, next year to represent the junior team.

This comes after winning a clutch of medals in the British Transplant Games in August this year, in Sheffield.

The Hurstmere School pupil won gold in the 25 metre freestyle, silver in the 25 metre breastroke and bronze in the 25 metre backstroke.

He also bagged a gold in the bull throw and bronze in the 100 metres after first competing in the games when he was just four-years-old.

George said he loves going to the Transplant games as he meets new and old friends who have all had major organ transplant likes him.

He said: "I can't really remember much before my transplant, because I was only a baby. But my mum told me I was very ill, I could not drink milk because I was so sick all the time and I had to be fed through a tube that went into my stomach. I slept most of the day and when I was awake I did not have the energy to play."

But after receiving his kidney transplant after being on the waiting list for seven months, he soon gained the energy to play with his little brother Lewis and eat food without being sick.

His father Andrew Mortlock, 37, said: "The Mayor of Sheffield put it most succinctly at the recent games when he said, 'if it wasn't for organ donors we would now be looking at 600 graves and not 600 people'.

"There is life after a transplant and people can lead a relatively normal life.

"George is a very determined young man. He is an inspiration to us. He has had a difficult lot. He has proven people wrong all the way through the life.

"It is comforting for the families to go to these events. When you see the competitors in the pool they all have scars on their bodies from their surgeries. It is pretty humbling.

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