MER­RITT’S MIRAC­U­LOUS JOUR­NEY

Amer­i­can is strong con­tender for world ti­tle de­spite kid­ney trans­plant

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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“A lot of it was be­cause I thought it was prob­a­bly go­ing to be my last time run­ning ever again,” Mer­ritt told the New York Times last year, re­fer­ring to the ef­fort he put into win­ning bronze in Bei­jing.

“And so I just pulled a rab­bit out of a hat, es­sen­tially.”

The slightly-built Mer­ritt’s per­for­mance in China even had Leslie Thomas, his kid­ney spe­cial­ist at the famed Mayo Clinic, in awe of the achieve­ment.

“He had al­most no kid­ney func­tion, ter­ri­bly anaemic, run­ning against the Chi­nese fog or smog, and he came in third!,” Thomas told Sports Il­lus­trated in 2016.

“Don’t you think that’s amaz­ing? I mean, that’s, like, crazy.”

La­Toya said she didn’t think twice about do­nat­ing her kid­ney to Mer­ritt, whose ill­ness was a rare con­gen­i­tal kid­ney dis­ease called col­laps­ing fo­cal seg­men­tal glomeru­loscle­ro­sis (FSGS), first di­ag­nosed in 2013. AFP Aries Mer­ritt is a strong con­tender to add the 110 me­tre hur­dles world ti­tle to his 2012 Olympic gold.

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