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Steve Gaughan to run the London Marathon to raise funds for The British Liver Trust
Vikki Medlicott and Steve Gaughan, with James and Jessica, at their home in Acomb last Christmas, shortly after James was born
A FATHER-OF-TWO whose miracle babies were born thanks to a life-saving liver transplant is to run the London Marathon to raise vital funds to help sufferers of liver disease.
Vikki Medlicott was told she could never have children after contracting a serious disease at the age of 14.
But eight years later she and partner Stephen Gaughan were delighted when Jessica, a bouncing baby girl they call “a little miracle” was born and two years later the couple had their second child James.
The two children they never thought possible were born were thanks to a liver transplant Vicki underwent when she was only days away from dying.
It came from crash victim Matt Ferguson, an organ donor whose liver gave Vikki her life back and ultimately enabled her to have the babies she and Stephen so desperately wanted.
Stephen said he was eternally grateful for the liver transplant that saved the life of Vikki and gave him Jessica, now two, and James, who turns one in December.
The 40-year-old, of Acomb , is now set to take part in the London Marathon in April next year to raise funds for The British Liver Trust to help those who are in a similar position to Vicki before she had her life-changing operation.
He said: “I am eternally grateful for this gift of life, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the donor family and to The British Liver Trust who help countless others in a similar position suffering with liver disease.
“The British Liver Trust works to pioneer liver health and reduce the impact of liver disease through awareness, care and research.
“I can never repay in full the debt I owe for what I have received, but I wanted to try and help others who may be in a similar position to that of Vikki.”
Stephen began fundraising for the charity earlier this year and took part in the Jane Tomlinson York 10k to raise cash – but wanted to do something “bigger and better” to raise money and the profile of the charity.
He said he was delighted when The British Liver Trust gave him their one allocated place for the marathon and he has now stepped up his training to start preparing for the endurance challenge.
He said: “I want people to see that great things can be achieved with dedication and effort, and I am excited about being part of such a huge event which has such a brilliant atmosphere.”
Stephen is hoping to raise £3,000. To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Steve-Gaughan1 or donate by texting code SGAU99 and the amount to 70070.