Reena Raju, a 35-year-old woman from Bengaluru, is set to be India's first woman organ transplant recipient to take part in a World Transplant Games meet. She will represent India in badminton (mixed doubles) and 100-metre run at the 21st edition of the biannual event in Malaga, Spain. Balveer Singh and Dharmendra Soti are the other Indians taking part.
Karnataka's first woman recipient of a heart donation, Reena is now gearing up to become India's first woman organ transplant recipient to take part in a World Transplant Games meet. She will represent India in badminton (mixed doubles) and 100-metre run at the 21st edition of the biannual event that took off at Malaga, Spain, on Sunday.
Balveer Singh from Uttar Pradesh and Dharmendra Soti from Lucknow are the two other Indians taking part in the eight-day biennial event organized by the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF).
"I was keen on taking part in the WTGF meet and had prepared myself," Reena, who had undergone transplant in Chennai in November 2009 after being diagnosed with cardio myopathy (heart muscle disease), told TOI.
Reena has been in the vanguard of efforts to help organ recipients. Light a Life Foundation formed by her has been helping many organ recipients by giving away medicines to them.
A hockey player before the transplant, Reena has always revelled in posing challenges to herself. She tried her hand at underwater diving and skydiving abroad in the recent years. Reena trained herself for the sprint and took professional help. "Reena is a quick learner and an enthusiast. We trained her for three weeks," said Deepak Raj S, her badminton coach from D's Talents academy.
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