Flora hoping to be King of the world in South Africa

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A teenager who had a kidney transplant from her father has been called up to compete at the World Transplant Games.

Flora King, 14, was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 12.

Since then she has made a stunning recovery, picking up three gold medals at the National Transplant Games this summer and come next July she will board a plane to South Africa.

Flora, of Green End, Granborough, said: “I’m very determined not to give up. I’m quite nervous because I don’t want to mess up or anything.

“It’s my first world championships but I’m hoping for a gold medal.”

Flora won golds in tennis, the long jump and the ball throw. Her mother Christine said the family did not know what to expect when her daughter was diagnosed with the condition.

She said: “Flora was a very sporty child before so it was a shock when we found out. We had no idea what we were facing really. As they have to, they prepare you for the worst.”

Fortunately Flora’s dad, David, turned out to be a suitable donor and two years later Mrs King said she had no idea that it would eventually be such a ‘good and exciting thing.’

Mrs King added that Flora had her medals presented to her again in front of her school friends at St Edwards in Oxford.

She said: “They had no idea how big the whole thing was. She had to get up in front of 600 people.”

The trip to South Africa will be made even more special as it will be the first time Flora has left Europe.

Mrs King added: “I’m going to travel with her. She had her first training camp at the weekend. It’s all quite new to us but there are about 400 people travelling out there.”

The cost of Flora attending the Games will be £1,800 and Mrs King said her daughter would now be holding a variety of fundraising events in the coming months.