INSPIRATIONAL transplant survivor Stacie Pridden will show her superhuman strength when she flies the flag for Swindon at the British Transplant Games this week.

The 25-year-old from Pinehurst will travel to the Echo Arena Liverpool today (JULY 28) to join more than 700 transplant recipients competing in the Olympic-style four-day event.

The games aim to promote the benefits of transplantation, encourage transplant patients to regain fitness and increase awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Stacie, who will go for gold in bowling, 3km walk and 100m sprint events, said she was thrilled to be taking part in the annual championship.

“It will be fun and I’m looking forward to competing but I’m not looking for a specific medal, the experience will be amazing to say that I’ve actually gone to such a huge event," she said.

“It’ll be the first time I have ever done anything like this and I’m extremely excited to be taking part. I've chosen events that I think will be a bit of fun and I'm going to try my very best.

“I’m not the most competitive person but I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing all my friends in the transplant community.

“I feel lucky that I get to do all these amazing things after my transplant and that’s why I want to help others.”

In May last year Stacie received a heart and double lung transplant after three years on the organ donor waiting list.

Stacie suffered from pulmonary hypertension – a condition where the right side of the heart is damaged making it less efficient at pumping blood around the body - and makes it very difficult to breathe.

She was born with three holes in her heart and endured operations every year until she was 13.

Stacie had used her story to highlight the need to sign up to the organ donor register via TV appearances and her blog, Life Is Worth The Fight.

Although Stacie has recovered well she is currently experiencing some problems with her lung function.

But resilient Stacie said her current health issues will never hold her back.

“It shows that even though I’m not doing too well at the moment that you can really do anything if you put your mind to it. You can do well even in adverse circumstances, as long as you try," she said.

Stacie and friends will be fundraising for Special Olympics Norfolk which aims to send people with learning disabilities to the 2017 championship.

As well as the games Stacie is looking ahead to graduating with a history degree and a summer trip to Europe.

Also representing the town will be 67-year-old Ron Carter from Haydon Wick, who had a heart transplant in 2008. He will be competing in a 1500m race, 5k mini marathon as well as tennis, table tennis and soft cricket.

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