A TRANSPLANT survivor is teeing off at the British Transplant Games in Sheffield after surgeons gave him a second chance at life.
Jason Boddy will play golf at the event when it comes to the city this summer.
The 42-year-old could barely stay awake before surgeons at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, in Fir Vale, carried out the operation to give him a new kidney.
Jason, of Dronfield, was preparing to start dialysis because of the damage diabetes had caused his organs.
He had only been on the waiting list for four months – a relatively short amount of time compared to some patients – when a suitable match was found.
He said: “I was very lucky indeed.
“I wasn’t looking forward to going on dialysis at all.
“I am one of those people who doesn’t like to say when they aren’t feeling well – I didn’t want people to worry – so I didn’t tell others about it.
“I would fall asleep a lot before the operation.
“Obviously I feel 10 times better now.”
Hundreds of inspirational transplant survivors will descend on Sheffield for the transplant games in August.
Events, from swimming to running, are scheduled to take place across the city’s sporting venues including Don Valley Stadium and Forge Valley School in Stannington.
The Star is supporting the Gift of Life campaign to sign up 12,000 more donors from the area to the NHS Organ Donor Register before the games take place.
And so far more than 3,300 people have made the pledge thanks to the drive.
Jason, who works in computing from his home on Gosforth Lane, has also backed the Gift of Life campaign.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the games. It will be an inspirational day.
“I would say to people please become a donor.
“It will help other people who are in desperate need of a transplant.”