Darren was diagnosed with a rare liver condition secondary to Crohn’s disease and at Christmas in 2016 became so ill that he needed a life-saving liver transplant.
Darren has been working hard with Our Physiotherapist Dale, to improve his fitness and strength and to prevent any injuries stopping his journey.
Ha has since regained his fitness and returned to the sport he loves, swimming.
For transplant athletes, staying healthy and fit is key to a successful life and to this end Transplant Sport encourage a competitive attitude at all levels.
Representing his transplant hospital, QEHB, Birmingham, Darren raced in the British Transplant Games held in Newport, Wales in July in all distances of freestyle and to his delight became British age group Champion in the 200m event achieving Gold in his race.
However, this was just the warm-up for the main event this year as Darren then went on to compete in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle representing Team GB&NI.
An incredible week started with the opening ceremony parade of athletes from all around the world and 60 countries parading through the streets of Newcastle to a hero’s welcome as the games got underway on the 17th August.
The main competitions then began, lasting all week and Darren was delighted to achieve a new world ranking of 5th for his 200m event.
More personal best times and top 10 rankings followed alongside a lifetime of memories shared with his family who were all able to watch and cheer.
Darren would like to thank sincerely everyone who has supported him in any way this year – from his physiotherapist, Dale, his swim coach, to friends and family – he couldn’t have done it without you all.
Now he is back home, training has resumed as Darren starts his quest to become European champion at the next games to be held in Dublin, and the British Games in Coventry (which will be the qualifier for the 2021 World Games in Houston Texas) next summer.
Darren is an inspiration to us all with his hard work and dedication to achieve his goals regardless of illness and set backs.
We look forward to working with Darren in the future and his continued health and success!
“In terms of value for money, communication and attention to care, the Markland Clinic really has proven itself to be the ideal.”
“I would recommend the Markland Clinic 100%”
“The Markland team are experienced, they are also good listeners and they really know their job.”
Gail had physio at The Markland Clinic after a hip operation.
A very belated and huge thank you for looking after me after my hip operation. I really can’t begin to say how I would not be running around now without all your sessions you gave me.
Things have been very tough indeed and I’ve needed to be very strong and brave. I’m so lucky this hip has recovered so well after your special care towards me. As I said to my mum, there are some special people in this world you’re one of them.
Your kindness towards me and my boys has been overwhelming.
Stuart had rehab after a knee operation for osteochondritis.
Please can you pass on our thanks to your physio Karen for all her help. My son, Stuart*, was seen by her as part of his rehab from a knee operation performed by Mr James Murray at Southmead Hospital in January 2018 to deal with osteochondritis (a knee condition which affects the joints).
Rob Gleeson recommended The Markland Clinic after Stuart’s initial arthroscopy.
Karen was great at encouraging him to feel secure about working on strengthening his knee at a time when he felt understandably anxious about any more pain. Her can do attitude really inspired him to get off the crutches ASAP!
Stuart has just been seen today and his MRI has shown that his recovery is almost complete and that he can finally get back to his beloved cricket.
Many thanks for excellent care and encouragement.
Martina was suffering from bad back pain which was very painful.
She had to take a year out of work, she couldn’t walk, She couldn’t climb up the stairs. Life was pretty grim.
Through her GP and the NHS they looked at the possibility of operations and carried out root nerve injections but nothing seemed to work and Martina wanted to avoid surgery.
Her partner searched for pain relief and he bought a Treatment Book which mentioned the Mckenzie techniques.
They then searched for someone who did the Mckenzie Technique and found the Markland Clinic. This is when Martina started her journey to becoming pain-free!
After a consultation with our founder & Specialist Physiotherapist Kate Markland, Martina was told that it was possible to avoid surgery.
This was her aim. She didn’t want to go under the knife at any cost. After treatment Martina has been able to return to her normal life.
Now she is back to exercising and last year she did a 100k walk for charity.
She has been able to return to work and living a normal pain-free life!
Hopefully, Martina’s story shows everyone that anything is possible.
You can go out and if you strive for something and really have that positivity, you can achieve anything.