TRANSPLANT tot Farah Bycroft will make a little bit of history tomorrow.
She will line up with hundreds of others to take part in a 3km walk – at the age of just 15 months.
And what makes it even more special is that her efforts come less than six months after a life-saving liver transplant.
Farah, of Moldgreen, will be the youngest person taking part in this week’s British Transplant Games.
She and her mum Joanna, 36, and granny Carol, will line up at Sheffield’s Don Valley stadium tomorrow evening to take part in the Star Donor Run.
Up to 1,000 people are expected to take part in the run, which is a fun part of the Games themselves.
Farah received a new liver from her grandmother in February and is now bursting with health.
She will be in a pushchair for the walk but mum Joanna said: “She is doing really well and can do most of the things toddlers her age can do.
“She still has a feeding tube at night but she is taking solids during the day and she is a bundle of joy.”
Farah was born with a deadly liver condition, which turned her skin and the whites of her eyes yellow and left her jaundiced.
Doctors said she urgently needed a liver transplant. It transpired that Joanne’s mum Carol Morris was the perfect donor.
The pair underwent surgery earlier this year and now hope their efforts tomorrow will encourage others to become donors.
Carol, 57, was desperate to give her grand-daughter a fighting chance, so volunteered to give her part of her liver.
The operations lasted a total of 15 hours for grandma and grand-daughter.
“Both Farah and my mum are doing really well,” said Joanna.
“It was my mum’s idea to get involved with the Transplant Games, but we only intended going along to watch the team from St James’s Hospital, Leeds, who helped Farah.
“Then we found out about the 3km run and it went from there.”
Another transplant patient joining Farah in the Games will be 60-year-old Richard Byrne, of Kirkburton.
Former PE teacher Richard, who underwent a kidney transplant from a donor friend in 2001, will be taking part in the golf contest today.
He said: “The transplant made a world of difference. I was born with only one kidney and when that began to fail I was on my last legs.”
Richard works as a volunteer with Mencap and helps out at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, where he had thetransplant.
More than 1,500 visitors are expected in Sheffield this weekend to support the athletes and add to the party atmosphere, in what looks set to be the best Games yet.