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International Women's Day: from operating table to podium – how to become the fastest altruistic kidney donor on the planet

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  • 05 March 2018
  • 12.00PM - 1.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • TG.02, The Curve  |  Directions

About | International Women's Day: from operating table to podium – how to become the fastest altruistic kidney donor on the planet



From operating table to podium – how to become the fastest altruistic kidney donor on the planet

The decision to donate a kidney to a stranger is not something that Dr Gill Owens took lightly. However, after 12 months of physical and psychological testing to ensure she was fit to donate, on 19 March 2015 Gill found herself on an operating table at the Freeman Hospital.

Gill had her left kidney removed which was then packed up and flown to the other side of the country to be transplanted into a person who she did not know and had never met. Two years later Gill represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Malaga. This was the first World Games that donors were allowed to compete in and Gill jumped at the chance of representing her country.

A sprinter at school, the obvious event for Gill was the 100 meters sprint. Through the support she received from Teesside University, Gill came home from the games with a silver medal and a new world record. The gold went to a Spanish girl who had donated bone marrow to her twin sister, allowing Gill to claim the world record and the title of world’s fastest altruistic kidney donor and world’s fastest female kidney donor.

Come along to hear about Gill’s inspirational story.