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Emma, 18, from Nottingham

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Shortly after Emma was born, doctors realised she had severe liver disease resulting in her undergoing two liver transplants.  Sadly, her first, at the age of nine months was unsuccessful.  However, she endured a second transplant aged three and a half.  Due to Emma’s illness she spent a lot of time in hospital over the course of her childhood.  As she grew up, Emma started swimming and in 2015 represented Team GB at the World Transplant Games, taking home several medals.  However, in 2017, Emma had a seizure which left her unable to walk, see properly or concentrate for long periods.  Emma’s sight gradually returned and a year later, following a long process of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Emma was able to walk again.  Children’s Liver Disease Foundation have provided Emma and her family with guidance and support throughout her life. The Foundation has received funding from BBC Children in Need since 2011.

I have always been quite sporty but after my seizure I had to work really hard to learn to walk again. Every day I’m getting stronger, but I know that being a part of Team Rickshaw will be a real challenge for me. I’m excited to head out on the road and hope that the public will cheer us on and help us raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Emma

The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation delivers the Children and Families Focus Project which provides a programme of activities and support for children with liver disease and their siblings and families. This support helps young people to achieve their goals and raises their aspirations, as well as helping to reduce isolation and build their confidence.

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