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Big Day In Medal Count For Team Philly At Transplant Games

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Team Philly gold medal relay team. From left: Derek Fitzgerald, KYW's Jim Melwert, Kyle Atrus, and Bert Fox (Photo Provided by Jim Melwert)

Team Philly gold medal relay team. From left: Derek Fitzgerald, KYW’s Jim Melwert, Kyle Atrus, and Bert Fox (Photo Provided by Jim Melwert)

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By Jim Melwert

HOUSTON, TX (CBS) – As the Transplant Games continue in Houston, it was big day for Team Philly at the pool Sunday.

Bert Fox received a liver back in 1995, and after he picked up a pair of golds in swimming, he says one of them is already spoken for:

“I’m giving it to my surgeon. I just had a check-up last month, and I said can I still go to the games because I’m in slight rejection.”

With that slight rejection, he’s doubled up on his meds, and got the all-clear as long as he feels okay. Then he and his doctor got to talking about Bert’s participation in the transplant games over the last 19 years:

“You know, he said ‘have you won any medals?’ I said, ‘yeah, I’ve won 18 different medals,’ and he said ‘where’s my gold?’ So the gold medal I’m getting today, I’m gonna give to him,” Fox explains. “When I saw him last month, he said it’s so nice to see someone as far out as I am for 19 years, it’s an honor to give it to my doctor. So hopefully it will be on his wall in his office or something.”

Liver recipient Bert Fox swims for Team Philly at the Transplant Games in Houston, while his wife, Angel, cheers him on. (Credit: Jim Melwert)

Liver recipient Bert Fox swims for Team Philly at the Transplant Games in Houston, while his wife, Angel, cheers him on. (Credit: Jim Melwert)

Heart recipient Ron Boris narrowly missed out on the gold medal in darts Sunday, but won a silver.

“104-102, so it was a close game,” Boris says.

From darts, it was straight to a very touching and emotional donor recognition ceremony, Ron says:

“A lot about my donor, and about without that person, I wouldn’t be here and how I feel, everything to do with them, that’s what it’s all about and transplant and getting a second chance at life.”

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