- Lewis Brimble wins Gold at the 2014 Transplant Games aged 13
- LV= proud to fund trip to the Transplant Games
- Lewis suffers from a rare and incurable kidney disease
Beaming into the camera with 2 gold and 2 silver medals around his neck, Lewis Brimble looks like any ordinary happy and healthy 13-year-old. However Lewis, a passionate sportsman with all the grit and determination of a true athlete, has undergone 4 years of painful transplants and operations.
Lewis, from Southbourne in Bournemouth, began his battle when he first became very ill due to a viral infection aged just 9. The condition caused his immune system to attack his kidneys and was later told he had a rare and incurable kidney disease called Messangio Capillary Glomorulus Nephritis Type 2.
He was admitted to the Regional Paediatric Nephrology Unit at Southampton General Hospital, where he endured various operations and treatments to stabilise and diminish the illness. In December 2011, Lewis was admitted to Evelina Children’s Hospital in London where he spent Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and Mother’s Day there and every day in between in ITU next to his mother after she donated one of her kidneys to him.
In March 2013, Lewis had a biopsy of his transplanted kidney and was given the devastating news that the disease had returned and is now infecting his new kidney. Lewis has bravely been undergoing treatment ever since, and was well enough to attend the British Heart Transplant Games in August 2014.
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games is a huge event that attracts more than 600 transplant athletes and over 1,000 supporters aged from 2 - 70+ taking part in over 20 different sports.
The games offer an opportunity for those to meet others who've shared similar transplant experiences, try out new sports, compete for medals and remember their donors.
In August 2013, Lewis embraced his first Transplant Games and won 3 bronze medals in table tennis, team tug of war and 4 x 100m relay.
After his success in 2013, Lewis was very keen to take part in the 2014 games hosted in Bolton. However, after Lewis’ mother donated her kidney to him, she fell ill and unfortunately was unable to commit to raising the funds for Lewis to partake in the games.
LV= were delighted to fund Lewis’ trip to the Transplant Games, and he joined the Southampton General Hospital team up in Bolton to compete in what would be his most successful sporting event to date.
Lewis proved that he was an outstanding athlete, winning 2 Gold medals within the first day in ball throwing - where his throw was 10m further than the silver medallist - and the second in Badminton.
Saturday’s events were tougher for the team, but Lewis played well in the table tennis event and on the last day of the games, and despite awful weather conditions, Lewis sprinted the 100 metres event and to win his first silver medal of the day. Next was a very soggy sandpit long jump, where Lewis continued to impress and beat the competition to take home another silver medal.
Lewis is a true testament of how you can overcome anything when you put your mind to it and is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations Lewis!