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Dyer On Wait For Transplant
Saturday, 18th Jun 2022 19:25

Former Blues midfielder and academy coach Kieron Dyer has spoken about his wait for a liver transplant.

Dyer, 43, revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis and would require a transplant, liver problems having initially been discovered in 2002.

The former England international has now been on the waiting list for six months and could receive a call at any time. While he waits, he can’t travel more than two hours away from Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.

Having resigned from his role as Town’s U23s manager in March, Dyer’s coaching career is currently on hold until after his operation.

“Sometimes, there are people waiting for transplants who only have weeks to live,’ Dyer told the Daily Mail.

“I am getting increasingly fatigued but I’m not in the super-urgent category so I might have to wait a few more months until my liver has really deteriorated before I am called in. There are not enough livers for the demand of people who need them.

“I am just thankful that they have found out what’s wrong with me. I’m aware that I’m dependent on someone else’s misfortune giving me the chance to live a long and happy life.

“My greatest hope is that, whoever’s liver I get, I do that person proud. They encourage you to touch base with the family of your donor after your operation and that’s something I thoroughly intend to do.

“It would give me some comfort, I think, if I was in the situation of a family who had lost a loved one. They would have lost someone they have cherished and loved but through their generosity, they have given someone else the chance of a long life.

“I hope I’ll earn their legacy. I wouldn’t want to screw that up. I know how precious a second chance would be.”

He added: “I was really scared when I got told I needed a liver transplant. I thought that was it. But then when the surgeon and the transplant team came round, they have got so many people in the team, co-ordinators, the anaesthetists, physios and psychiatrists.

“And you see people who have overcome the operation. It’s kind of routine for the hospital now, they do so many of them.

“Your family and people close to you panic when you tell them. I could see when I told people, I could see the dread on them. It gave me the mental side back. I am not putting bravado on but you have to find that inner strength, not just for you but for them.

“They’re worried but I’m not worried. I just feel that the way my life has been in the last six months, I am constantly fatigued and I can’t do what I used to do.

“I am looking forward to it in a way. I am looking forward to being a brand new me and doing things better and quicker because I am still competitive.

“The record for someone being discharged from hospital after this operation is nine days and I want to beat that. I am not fazed by it. I have got the mental strength to believe I will overcome the operation.”

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itsonlyme added 19:30 - Jun 18
Wish you good luck Kieron! You deserve it mate.

Edmundo added 19:49 - Jun 18
Praying for you, KD. The people at Addenbrookes are incredible:they'll get you right.

arc added 19:51 - Jun 18
Fingers crossed, Kieron. Good luck, mate.

NthQldITFC added 20:10 - Jun 18
TWTD, ITFC, Ipswich and Suffolk all love you Kieron. Hope it gets sorted soon, and you're back doing what you do best with no limitations in the near future. Top man.

mike added 20:17 - Jun 18
Fingers crossed that it happens soon for you Kieron, were all praying that you’re fit and healthy again soon and that you can resume your career hopefully with Town and we can all see you around Portman Road again! Legend!!

simondrake1961 added 22:36 - Jun 18
All thoughts are with you mate, things have been tough but I know that when you get this second chance you will make the most of it. Wherever you go afterwards, Town supporters will always support you.

Suffolkboy added 22:40 - Jun 18
You’re an example of positivity ,and it’ll stand you in the best of stead when you undertake this operation !
KD they’ll look after you with great care , you will come through ; COME ON YOU TRUE BLUE !

ArnieM added 22:47 - Jun 18
Get well soon KD …. It certainly puts football in its place .

algarvefan added 00:43 - Jun 19
Keiron, I can only imagine how difficult it must be just waiting for this chance, I hope everything works out well for you some day very soon matey. Keep the faith and we hope to see you back at Town someday in the future. God Bless.

blueprint added 08:37 - Jun 19
Good luck Kieron. You’re in good hands.

Marcus added 08:42 - Jun 19
Waiting is awful. On two lists for surgery myself, one just came through after years of waiting (cholecystectomy) for early next month. Nothing like a transplant, but can empathise.

Bluearmy_81 added 10:49 - Jun 19
Not impressed with you talking to the Mail Kieron but you're still a legend and we love you!

barrystedmunds added 13:00 - Jun 19
Football takes a back seat when your health deteriorates. Puts things in to perspective.

Teza added 16:10 - Jun 19
Good luck KD, you're certainly on the right lines of being positive, it's a tremendous thing to have. I was in-need for a Kidney transplant back in 2010. I too was encouraged to write to the donors family it was one of the best things I have ever done. Within two weeks I had a reply from them wishing me well. it gave me great confidence too

waldenblue7 added 16:50 - Jun 19
Best of luck Kieron, always be an Ipswich legend. Our thoughts are with you mate.

backwaywhen added 21:43 - Jun 19
Good luck KD having a transplant in todays medical knowledge and experience is not as daunting as you think , I personally have had 3 Kidney transplants , most recent oh which was donated by my son , Addenbrooks is a world leader in the field and you will be in excellent hands ….. good luck my friend aka Blues Legend .

BlueHope22 added 15:33 - Jun 20
Best of luck KD hope you get better very soon.

Bergholtblue added 19:31 - Jun 20
Just been reading whether Greg Leigh is a good signing or not. Then this!
Jeez certainly puts things into perspective.
Head up KD. Stay positive and hopefully a donor will come forward soon.

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