Flintshire transplant athlete positive after hitch

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A DOUBLE lung transplant patient is staying positive after a series of setbacks in his training for a high-profile sporting event.

Despite suffering from two chest infections which have slowed down his preparations for the British Transplant Games Ken Mackie, 39, of Mayfield Drive, Buckley has high hopes of competing.

Ken, who had his transplant in 2008 after suffering from cystic fibrosis since the age of 21, will be taking part in the cycling and bowling events during his second appearance at the games, which this year will be held between August 19 and 22 in Bath.

He said: “The training is not going very well. I had a couple of chest infections so I haven’t been able to do any training for a month.

“I am hoping to be able to get back on the bike because it takes such a lot of training. Despite the setbacks I’m still positive.” He added: “I know I’m not going to win a any medals, but it is the taking part and doing something to keep your mind active.”

The father-of-one has already faced an uphill battle to take part in the games after being told he is suffering from chronic rejection of the new organs.

As well as training for the games, Ken has returned to work as a part-time chef at Y Pentan in Mold after having to give up full-time work in 2006.

He said: “It is shattering at the end of it, but it’s great doing it. It is hard when you stop working when you don’t have a choice. So far it has been working really well.”

Ken, who is keen to champion the importance of joining the organ donor list, is set to enjoy the summer with his six-year-old son, William.

He said: “I’m cherishing every moment I get with him.”

For more information on becoming an organ donor go to www.uk transplant.org.uk

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