Dominic is an inspiration
A teenager who was born without working kidneys has qualified for next year's World Transplant Games.
Dominic Civil, of Hinckley, was a regular visitor to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for treatment from a very early age.
After a successful kidney transplant at the age of two, Dominic started to live a normal life and later became focused on sport.
While having regular hospital appointments at Great Ormond Street, Dominic has excelled at track and field events, competing in the youth sections in World Transplant Games and British Transplant Games.
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Having now turned 18, he has managed to qualify to compete in the 2013 World Transplant Games in South Africa.
"I'm really excited," he said. When I first got the letter saying I'd qualified it was a great moment. I'd really wanted to go to South Africa and now I can I'm over the moon."
Dominic competed at the youth version of the World Transplant Games for the first time in Australia in 2009, where he won a bronze medal for the 100m. He has also competed at the British Transplant Games on a number of occasions and won two gold medals in 2008 and a bronze in this summer's games.
In South Africa he will compete as a UK team member in the 100m, 200m, long jump, hurdles and relay.
He said: "It'll be harder now because I'm in a category for 18 to 29 year olds so I'm at the bottom end of the age group.
"But hopefully, with a lot of training, I can get a medal."
Turning 18 has also meant that Dominic has had to say goodbye to the staff at Great Ormond Street. He will now go for his regular check-ups at Leicester Royal Infirmary instead.
He said: "I went to Great Ormond Street for my last treatment on November 29 and it was very emotional. I've been there all my life and a lot of the nurses have known me all that time."
Suzanne Bradley, renal clinical nurse specialist at the hospital, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Dominic has been selected to compete in South Africa as I have known him for a long time and seen him compete at a number of British Transplant Games. Dominic recently turned 18 and transitioned to an adult hospital for ongoing check-ups but I'll definitely be wishing him loads of luck for South Africa.
"He is an inspiration to other transplant patients at the hospital."
Dominic is now raising cash for him and his family to go to South Africa next year. For him to travel with the team and stay for the whole event, it will cost about £1,800 and he wants to take members of his family with him. He has sets a fund-raising target of £8,000.
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