Kieron Dyer gives an touching update on Thursday afternoon having been discharged from hospital with a much needed liver transplant.
The 44-year-old former footballer, who these days is a coach at National League side Chesterfield, was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition with no cure, in 2019.
He said he had been discharged from Addenbrookes Hospital on Thursday after spending three months in hospital, and having transplant a fortnight ago.
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Coach Kieron Dyer has released the following statement after undergoing a transplant:
In 2019 I was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition that has no cure. Ever since that day, I knew that I would require a transplant. Three months ago, I was admitted to the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. A fortnight ago came the life-changing news that I was to be the recipient of a new liver, and would swiftly undergo a transplant. This morning I was discharged from hospital.
Simply saying ‘thank you’ to the staff at the hospital feels insufficient. They have been extraordinary. Be it the nurses, porters, doctors or consultants, I have been blown away by the quality of care I received. I could not have been in better hands throughout, and my appreciation goes beyond words. I will never forget them.
I know that the liver I have been given has come from someone of a similar age to myself and that is truly heart breaking. It is the generosity and kindness of others that gives those in my position a chance, and I will ensure I make the most of it. The gratitude I feel for the position I find myself in, has no bounds and I feel blessed to leave hospital feeling healthier than ever.
I would like to thank my family who have offered extraordinary support during what has been a very tough period, and whilst there will inevitably be bumps in the road ahead, I return home with my optimistic outlook that I worried would never return.
Strangely, football has been even more important to me during this time. I have watched more games from my hospital bed in the last three months, than in any other period of my life. I want to thank my hometown club Ipswich Town who have been in regular contact with me, and also Chesterfield, where I am on the coaching staff after joining towards the end of last season. A particular thank you to the manager Paul Cook, who has given me the ability to contribute, even from hospital, where I’ve watched every fixture as the lads have made their way to the top of the National League table.
In due course I look forward to returning to coaching and media work, but I respectfully ask for privacy for myself and my family at this time as I strive to make what I hope will be a full recovery.
Twitter users sent their best wishes as Kieron Dyer gives update having been discharged from hospital with a liver transplant…
@PhilTooley: Get well soon Kieron
@DarleysNo6: All the very best in your recovery Kieron and as you say a special Thankyou and thoughts to the loved ones of the donor who have made this possible
@MickLum: Swift recovery, KD, and condolences to the nameless donor’s family and friends
@GinaSpireite: Wishing you a full recovery and all the very best for the future Kieron.
@spireriteblue39: All the best in your recovery Kieron.
@boggyblue68: Wishing you a speedy recovery Kieron. Can’t wait to see you in the dugout soon.
@DerbyshireDad60: When I noticed Kieron’s absence from the games I was worried that it might have been bad news, but this fantastic news. My thoughts do go out the family of the donor, and I agree with the calls for the club to do some organ donation awareness raising. Come back soon Kieron 😊👍
@HamsterMark88: Fantastic news! Speedy recovery KD 😊
@EddieRu24186859: I did wonder why we hadn’t seen him for quite a while, & noted that there hadn’t been a statement from the Club either. I now understand why. I’m sure that I’m not the only Spireite wanting to let Kieron know that he is in my prayers and that I look forward to seeing him soon.
@dave_cornwall: Great news. Best wishes.
@studarnell: Excellent news. Swift recovery KD #uppatowen
@Elliscfc88: Hope the recovery goes Well Kieron.
If you haven’t already I’d recommend watching ‘Kieron Dyer: Premier League Stories’ on Amazon Prime.
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