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Accountant Who Underwent Double Lung Transplant Wins Gold At European Heart And Lung Transplant Games

August 13, 2017

A chartered accountant who just 28 months ago underwent a double lung transplant has won six medals at the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games in Vaxjo, Sweden representing Great Britain.

Nick Condon, a cystic fibrosis sufferer from Northamptonshire who works for Macintyre Hudson LLP, won gold medals in the 100m and 4km races and tennis, in addition to silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in both 20km cycling and golf.

His trip to the Games was part funded by the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, a 124 year old Rugby-based charity which helps chartered accountants and their families through difficult and challenging times, providing advice and information as well as emotional and financial support.

He said: "The feeling of achievement is indescribable. Just a couple of years ago, I was very much staring death in the face and now I have been able to compete as an athlete in a way that was previously unimaginable."

Nick, aged 34, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a two year old but, despite a daily regime of physiotherapy and drugs, enjoyed sports including football, basketball, golf and cricket through his childhood.

However, as he entered his teens, his health began to worsen although he excelled academically, earning a 2:1 in Economics from the University of Bath and qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2003.

By 2007, his condition had reached a point where he was given just 18 months to live, requiring four 40 minute physiotherapy sessions every day and sleeping on a ventilator with the help of multiple nebulizers.

But, just 23 days after being put on the lung transplant list, a donor was found and Nick's life was transformed overnight.

He said: "My donor made all of this possible and I am very, very grateful to them and to their family although, of course, I don't know their identity. A point to remember is that although something like 90% of people support the idea of organ donation, only about a quarter are actually registered with the NHS organ donor scheme and I would urge more people to sign up to do so. You could change a life."

Kath Haines, chief executive at CABA, said: "Nick's is a great human story of overcoming adversity and achieving at the highest level. We are really pleased that we were able to help him."

Source:
Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (CABA)