Lexington Boy Wins Big at Transplant Games

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 7/25 6:04 pm
At just nine-years-old, Riley Speck was the youngest member on Team Kentucky for the Transplant games; he brought home lots of hardware.
 
Riley won two silver medals and a gold medal.
 
He adds those to his other five medals from the past two-times he’s competed in the transplant games.
 
When Riley was a baby, he was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition.
 
At 18-months-old he had a heart transplant.
 
Just two weeks after surgery, his mom said he was out of the ICU, playing and doing well.
 
She said he hasn’t stopped since.
 
“When you see Riley, who has had a new heart as a baby and then eight years later, he's swimming and running races and bowling, it's a good way to show that organ transplantation works,” said Brandi Speck, Riley’s mom.
 
The 2014 Transplant Games were held in Texas.

Riley competed in five events: swimming, long jump, track and field, bowling and the softball throw.

 
He won silver medals in swimming and the softball throw and he won gold in bowling.

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