World champion’s life-saving message

A HEXHAM teenager marked five years since a life-saving transplant by setting three world records in the pool.

And Alicia Armstrong (16), who this week returned from the World Transplant Games in Spain with four gold and two silver medals in swimming, is taking the opportunity to promote the importance of organ donation.

Back in 2012, the youngster was fighting for her life after being diagnosed with leukemia. But there was light at the end of the tunnel when a bone marrow donor was found, in Germany, and it proved life-saving to Alicia.

As it approaches the fifth year since the successful procedure, Alicia continues to excel in the pool and her gold medals for Team GB in the 100m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle and medley relay proves how far she has come in her recovery.

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