Transplant man sets world record
5:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Latest News
Swimmer Jake Peplow set a world record in the World Transplant Summer Games, four years after receiving a life-saving kidney from his mother.
Mr Peplow, 21, was diagnosed with chronic renal failure after both his kidneys failed in December 2008. His mother, Diane, offered him one of hers and after testing was confirmed as a suitable donor.
By August 2010 Mr Peplow was fit enough to compete in the British Transplant Games, held in Bath, and won three medals. He was then selected to compete in the World Transplant Summer Games in Sweden the following year and won three bronze medals.
He now swims in the British Transplant Games annually – achieving three silvers this year – and, in July, he flew to Durban, South Africa, to take part in his second World Transplant Summer Games.
Mrs Peplow, who lives in Shipton Moyne with her son, said: “People who have had a transplant still have a life and can achieve something quite fantastic.”
He won two medals at this year’s biannual games: a gold in the 200m freestyle relay, which was also a world record time at 1:53.11 and a bronze in the 50m backstroke.
He said: “I’ve always swum, but to be able to swim for the country is great.
“I’m going to keep training and go to the next British games and hopefully Argentina for the next World Games.”
Mr Peplow, who works as an engineer, trains with Malmesbury Marlins swimming club twice a week.
Maurice Cleaver, head coach of Malmesbury Marlins, said: “We’re over the moon for Jake, very pleased with his fantastic achievement.”
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