Long Stratton kidney transplant man to play charity football match

Doug Choat is playing in the Transplant Sport UK football match

Doug Choat is playing in the Transplant Sport UK football match - Credit: Archant

A man who has had four kidney transplants will be taking part in a charity football match to highlight the need for donors and how recipients of organs can lead normal lives.

Doug Choat, 33 and from Long Stratton, will be taking to the pitch tomorrow in a side fielded by Transplant Sport UK for an event called Match for Life.

Mr Choat, who has Alport Syndrome and had his first kidney donation in 1994, is one of 14 transplant patients who will be playing at the home of Newport County FC in Wales.

He will be playing as left back or a left winger against former Welsh players and celebrities who will be coached by League Two Newport County FC coach Michael Flynn.

Mr Choat, who last had a transplant in 2010 and works at Duffields Animal Feeds, has had three training sessions with his team mates, who have had heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow donations.

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His brother Kevin and his late mother Zena also had kidney transplants due to Alport Syndrome.

He said: 'It was a brilliant feeling when I was picked for the team.

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'When I get on the field I will play with passion, commitment and enjoy myself to show everyone that transplants work.

'I am not just playing for myself, but for my donor, my brother and my late mum, who when she passed away had a healthy transplant of 22 years.

'When I had my transplant it was unbelievable how much my life turned around. I was able to do everything again and lead a normal life.'

Mr Choat used to play amateur football in Essex and during tomorrow's charity game there will be rolling substitutions.

Transplant Sport UK is a charity that promotes an active life style following transplant surgery and the benefits of donation.

For information on organ donation registration visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Have you had a transplant and are fundraising? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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