Andrew was born with serious kidney failure 14 years ago. At one point we were told he might not survive. However, he did survive, and following a kidney transplant 5 years ago, has grown into a delightful young man. He has had to endure a number of serious and complex operations, and suffers frequent bouts of ill health, due to his reliance on immunosupressant drugs which leave him more susceptible to infections than a normal healthy person. Despite all this, Andrew has a zest for life which he approaches with his sunny, happy disposition.
We believe that despite all that life has thrown at him (to add to his problems he suffers from severe dyslexia which adversly affects his schooling) Andrew has achieved a great deal. He has represented his school first teams in football and cricket. He is a multi-gold medal winner in the British Transplant Games for his team, Birmingham Children's hospital. Following a great performance last year, he was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games - one of only 15 juniors out of a team of 120. He justified his selection with a gold medal in the 100m sprint. Over the years, Andrew has demonstrated his caring side by taking part in fundraising for the hospital Renal Unit and to promote organ donation to help others. We think he is a very special boy and deserves a chance to get some public recognition for the mature way he has handled his problems