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Continued from cover... Peter, aged 29, was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening condition, which affects the lungs and the digestive system, causing sufferers to endure frequent chest infections.
During his schooldays, Peter played tennis for Cumbria and took part in team squash at Cockermouth. He also represented Keswick School at cross-country running.
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He then studied mathematics at Warwick University and again represented the university at squash. After graduation, he joined a sports company in Exeter, working as a statistician, playing squash and tennis with local clubs in his spare time.
However, as Peter grew older, his health deteriorated to such an extent, that he became reliant on oxygen and eventually he was put on the short-list for a lung transplant at the specialist transplant unit at Harefield Hospital in West London.
Peter’s parents, Jenny and John Knox, of Eaglesfield, Cockermouth, moved to Exeter to care for him full-time. After only 4 months, he was lucky enough to get the call from Harefield and he received his transplant in June 2017.
However, after his operation, Peter endured many setbacks, causing him to be back in Harefield for
almost 18 months with an infection. Intravenous antibiotics were having no effect and his life was in danger. As a last resort, Peter was treated with experimental bacteriophages from the USA. His health then improved rapidly, he was able to go home to Exeter and return to work.
Peter has always been very motivated, so having been given
this chance of a new life, he was determined to make the most of every day. He decided to take part in the British Transplant Games, which are open to all patients who have received transplanted organs.
The Games took place over four days. Peter started off by winning Gold in the squash tournament, beating Daymon Johnstone from Workington, who used to play squash with Peter at the old Moorclose courts.
Day 2 brought success with a Gold medal in the tennis. On the following evening, he took part in the 5,000m, finishing 4th and on the final day, he won a Silver medal in the 1,500m. Finally, the Harefield team put in a late entry for the 4x100m relay and won Bronze.
Peter now hopes to keep well enough to enjoy many more transplant events. He already has his goal set on the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games, in Spain next June.
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