A brave Golcar youngster was in the medals at Britain’s Transplant Games.

Ava Taylor, six, had a great time at the games in Bolton, just months after a life-saving liver transplant.

And there was also success for Huddersfield brothers Mark and James Brown at the Games, who were competing after both undergoing kidney transplants.

James Brown, of Lindley (left) and brother Mark, of Marsh
James Brown, of Lindley (left) and brother Mark, of Marsh
 

Ava had to have a nine -hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary after doctors advised it was her best chance of leading a normal life after she was born with a very rare enzyme deficiency in her liver which could have killed her.

As a baby she had been diagnosed with ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency which means her body builds up dangerous levels of ammonia and need constant monitoring.

The call-up for the operation came just two days after her mum Caroline had been tested and given the all-clear as a match.

The Games were a great tonic for Ava and brother Freddie and Caroline said: “She had a great time. Ava won bronze medals in the 6-9years ball throw section and in the 6-8 years badminton.

“She also completed the 3kilometre donor walk in memory of her donor and made lots of new friends who have also had life-saving transplants just like her”.

In the battle of the Brown brothers, of Marsh, James won the sibling bragging rights.

He beat Mark in both the archery and the 100m.

Both have had kidney transplants after being diagnosed with Alports syndrome and having to undergo dialysis.

Mark, 48, finished with a silver medal in his age category for the 100m but James, 36, logged a faster time by 0.56secs than his brother and also secured a silver in the long jump.

Both competed in the archery, finishing out of the medals, but Mark completed the competition with a silver medal in the darts.