Full of life after liver transplant

Eloise and Bethany Salmon'Bethany, aged ten, had a liver transplant and takes part in the British Transplant Games
Eloise and Bethany Salmon'Bethany, aged ten, had a liver transplant and takes part in the British Transplant Games
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Schoolgirl Bethany Salmon used to take 15 medications a day just to stay alive.

But now the 10-year-old, who was born with a disorder that causes progressive liver disease, has been given a second chance at life thanks to organ donation.

And today Bethany is gearing up to take part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Sheffield this year to raise awareness of the miracle of transplantation.

Her family are backing The Star’s Gift of Life campaign to sign up 12,000 more Sheffield people to the NHS Organ Donor Register before the inspirational games in August.

Mum Samantha Marston, aged 37, said: “Before the transplant Bethany needed regular blood tests, scans and vitamin injections.

“She needed to take 15 different medicines and tablets every day, just to keep her alive.

“But, after the operation, her skin lost the yellow tinge it had and she was ready to go back to school and carry on as usual.

“Bethany’s whole attitude to life changed.

“Within a few weeks she had so much life in her and she was able to lead a normal life – just like any other child.

“It was the third time we had been called in to the hospital to receive the operation so it was a relief for the whole family when Bethany finally got her new liver, and we couldn’t have been more grateful to get our little girl back.”

Bethany was born with a strain of a condition called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis.

She had a liver transplant in Leeds at the age of five and signed up to take part in her first transplant games just a year later.

Samantha added: “The games are a fantastic way to raise awareness of organ donations and celebrate life, whatever your age or your ability, and it has given Bethany something to feel part of with the other transplant athletes.”

* To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 0300 123 2323, text SAVE to 84118 or visit Organ Donation