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Brotherly love earns silver prize

A SPORTSMAN whose life was saved by his brother with a bone marrow transplant has returned to Solihull with a silver medal.

A SPORTSMAN whose life was saved by his brother with a bone marrow transplant has returned to Solihull with a silver medal.

Christopher Bywell was successful in the badminton men's doubles championship at the 31st Westfield Health British Transplant Games and just missed out on a gold medal.

It is a stark contrast to that of a few years back when the 52-year-old was struck down by bone cancer.

Only five years ago did he start making the road back to recovery after younger brother Nick had some of his bone marrow transplanted into Chris.

During his recovery, the former solicitor started to play sport again at Solihull Tennis Club which led to him taking part in the Transplant Games.

Hundreds of people from various parts of the country who had transplant operations took part in the event which included athletics, archery, swimming, table tennis and badminton.

And while British Olympians were receiving credit for their medal-winning tally, Chris was doing an equally-impressive job in Sheffield.

Now the Mirfield Road resident has a silver medal to show for his fantastic fighting spirit.

The aim of the games was to encourage patients to regain a healthy life after their operations and urge others to sign up for the NHS Organ Donor Register.

But Chris' father Reginald, who is the Solihull Tennis Club treasurer feels he is doing just fine and is 'proud' of his son's recovery.

"He did really well at the games and enjoyed taking part in the doubles competition.

"Chris is delighted with his silver medal and appears to be making a full recovery from his illness.

"We are all grateful to Nick for what he has done."

 

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