By writer to www.mirror.co.uk
A plucky teen performed her first soccer sport after a coronary heart transplant – and lifted the league trophy for her staff.
The Mirror advised how Kayleigh Llewellyn wrote a letter to the household of the 19-year-old donor to say thanks for saving her life.
Kayleigh celebrated her 14th birthday final week by elevating £2,500 in her reminiscence.
Then she lined up for NSG Panthers in Washington, Tyne and Put on, of their title decider.
Kayleigh was “over the moon” to play the final 10 minutes earlier than lifting the U15s Russell Foster Youth League Division One title.
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And Chester-le-Avenue Amazon Divas, who misplaced 6-0, applauded her on Saturday.
Kayleigh’s dad Shaun, 52, of Seaham, Co Durham, mentioned: “It was very, very emotional. There wasn’t a dry eye in the home.”
Her staff thanked medics and the donor household for making the day particular. Coach Barry Temple added: “It was a giant celebration and it was emotional to see Kayleigh accumulate the trophy.”
The teenager makes jewelry and exchanged treasured items along with her donor household.
In a letter final yr, she mentioned: “I promise to take excellent care of my coronary heart, you’ll all be a part of my life for ever.”
Kayleigh was identified with an enlarged coronary heart and was wired as much as machines to pump her blood and assist her breathe.
She spent greater than 100 days in Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital earlier than her op in 2019.
The Mirror’s Change the Legislation for Life campaign helped to herald the opt-out system final yr.
Max and Keira’s Legislation is called after Max Johnson, 13, of Cheshire, and his tragic donor Keira Ball.
Specialist nurse Angie Scales mentioned: “We’re so grateful to each donor.”
Go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk or name 0300 303 2094 for extra info.
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