A total of 17 Hong Kong organ transplant recipients were commended at a ceremony on Sunday for their outstanding performance at the World Transplant Games held in Málaga, Spain, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The competition was held from June 25 to July 2.
Secretary for Food and Health Prof. Sophia Chan said she was inspired by the team.
The members showed they have been reborn thanks to donated organs, Chan said. She called on people to support organ donation to help more people gain a second life.
The Hong Kong team won seven gold, two silver and six bronze medals.
Dr. Chau Ka-foon, honorary chairman of the Hong Kong Transplant Sports Association, said So Pui-yee, 69, who had received a kidney transplant, set a record in Hong Kong for participating in the biennial event for the ninth time since 1995.
In the 2013 World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa, So suffered a stroke after completing her game.
While people thought she would never compete again, So surprised many by recovering quickly. She registered for darts and table tennis doubles this year.
She ended up winning two bronze medals.
Chau said So is the best example of an organ transplant recipient because she never gives up.
Choi Ki-sang, 17, who underwent a liver transplant when he was only one year old, won the gold medal in the men’s table tennis singles and a bronze medal in bowling.
Choi was quoted by Apple Daily as saying that he has been participating in the event since he was 11. He said he wants to prove that an organ transplant recipient can be as healthy as normal people and be a good athlete as well.
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