Sib­lings’ set­backs set aside for Dash

Albany Extra - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Al­bany twins Luke and Jesse Wil­son were left beaming af­ter com­pet­ing in the Elleker 2km Dash last week­end.

The smiles of the Al­bany iden­ti­cal twins re­veal lit­tle of the har­row­ing jour­ney of the past two years.

The nine-year-olds were born with Alag­ille syn­drome, a rare ge­netic dis­or­der that caused chronic liver dis­ease.

Two years on from their liver trans­plant, the twins are happy and healthy and even com­peted in last week­end’s Elleker 2km Dash.

Wed­nes­day marked the two-year an­niver­sary of Luke’s liver trans­plant.

That day, he also ran in the Bethel Cross Coun­try with his brother, plac­ing first and third re­spec­tively.

Mother Kylie Wil­son said the boys were just re­mark­able.

“Prior to his trans­plant, Luke was so un­well and spent a lot of time in a wheelchair, so to see where he and Jesse are now is just re­mark­able, I have no words,” she said. “It’s just so ex­cit­ing. There are no words to describe that feel­ing of watch­ing them, and any­one in the crowd at the marathon could say the same.

“Those in the crowd watch­ing with us, we were all in tears. It’s an amaz­ing thing to see; who would have thought two years ago, we would be where we are to­day.”

Out of 59 run­ners in the 2km dash, the twins placed 13th and 19th. Luke fin­ished 19th over­all and placed 10th in his age di­vi­sion (9-11 boys) while his brother fin­ished 13th over­all and ninth in his age di­vi­sion.

Mrs Wil­son said the boys loved their sports and run­ning.

“They love their run­ning and play a lot of cricket, but the marathon was the first time they had ever com­peted in some­thing, they were so ex­cited; they were amaz­ing,” she said.

“They had lots of their class­mates there too, cheer­ing them on; it’s crazy what life was like two years ago com­pared to the past two days. I’m just speech­less, they amaze me ev­ery day.”

Mrs Wil­son said the boys were ready to live their life as nor­mal nine-year-old boys, adding they had shown a real pas­sion for run­ning.

“A fu­ture dream of theirs is the Trans­plant Games, held ev­ery year in the Gold Coast, where re­cip­i­ents of or­gans can com­pete,” she said.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Jesse and Luke Wil­son, both 9, get­ting ready to take part in the Elleker 2km Dash last week­end.

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