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Harriet Hrafsson from Balsall Common is off to compete at Transplant games

YOUNGSTER Harriet Hrafsson will be heading to Yorkshire this weekend to take part in the UK Transplant Games.

YOUNGSTER Harriet Hrafsson will be heading to Yorkshire this weekend to take part in the UK Transplant Games.

The eight-year-old, from Balsall Common, is one of 22 young competitors representing Birmingham Children's Hospital, the place where they received their transplants.

Harriet, of Kenilworth Road, had two liver transplants as a baby and the Sheffield event will be her fourth games.

A pupil at Lady Catherine School, in Leviston, she is looking to add to her haul of five medals - four gold and one silver.

Mum Debbie said: "We are very proud that Harriet is taking part. There's no pressure on her to train hard as she has already achieved a number of medals."

Along with her Mum and Dad Halldor, four-year-old sister Molly will also be cheering Harriet on at the Games.

"It's great that these games take place because you think most of the participants shouldn't even be alive," her mum added.

The games include swimming, tennis, badminton, long jump and running and the Birmingham team has won for the last 12 years.

Harriet will take part in running and ball throw.

Team manager Jemma Mears said: "These children are already remarkable, having gone through transplants as children, for them to go on and compete in a national games competition is amazing.

"It's a pleasure to work with them all and we look forward to bringing back lots of medals and trophies to Birmingham Children's Hospital."

As well as the children, older patients will compete against adult transplant teams in tennis, fishing and snooker.

 

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