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Havering-atte-Bower teen becomes world champion badminton player after kidney transplant from dad

PUBLISHED: 11:26 13 July 2017

Charlotte Archer-Gay with dad Philip in Malaga. Picture: Amanda Austin

Charlotte Archer-Gay with dad Philip in Malaga. Picture: Amanda Austin

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A dad donated his kidney to his daughter which not only improved her quality of life but led to her becoming a world champion badminton player.

Two years ago Charlotte Archer-Gay, 17, of Havering-atte-Bower, had been dependent on dialysis treatment four nights a week, had severe diet restrictions, and could not take part in sports and other activities.

The family had set up a downstairs medical room in their house with a dialysis machine where Charlotte would sleep but following the transplant Charlotte can sleep upstairs in her own bedroom every night.

She said: “I don’t feel ill all the time now and I’ve already been on three holidays this year when where I was ill, I didn’t go anywhere.

“I can go out with my friends now more and actually enjoy myself as well.”

But for Charlotte, this was only the start of her journey as after her dad 50-year-old Philip Gay donated his kidney, she was encouraged to once again take up sport as part of her rehabilitation.

She joined the after school badminton club held at Bower Park Academy and was later invited to the British Transplant Games last year where she won two gold medals.

After also joining the Havering-based Eagles Badminton Club and on the back of her success, Charlotte was then selected to take part in the World Transplant Games in Malaga earlier this month.

It was here that she won two silver medals and one gold for ladies doubles.

She said: “It’s definitely brought me and my dad closer.”

Since the operation, Charlotte has not looked back and will be defending her singles gold medal from the British Transplant Games in Lanarkshire, Scotland, at the end of the month.

Philip said: “She has made an amazing recovering from a seriously life threatening condition, assisted greatly by the Gosh [Great Ormond Street Hospital] renal team, encouraging her to get into sport and keep healthy.

“Her badminton success has given her the drive to stay well and improve her game by joining two local badminton clubs.

“I’m very proud of what Charlotte has managed to achieve.”

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