Lomu released from hospital

2012-03-05 07:45

Wellington - All Black star Jonah Lomu has been released from hospital as he continues his battle with kidney disease, it was reported on Monday.

Fairfax Media said that Lomu left Auckland Hospital in a stable condition on Sunday after a fortnight's treatment.

The 36-year-old was a star of the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups and played 63 rugby union Tests for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002, scoring 37 tries.

Lomu had a kidney transplant eight years ago after illness ended his international rugby career.

Two weeks ago Lomu said he was seeking a second kidney and had lost 30 kilograms, down from 119 kilograms in his playing days

He now needs dialysis treatment for seven hours, three nights a week to keep him alive.

"We were hoping to see some improvement but nothing has made any difference, so the next step is to try to find a donor," Lomu said then. "I know I was fortunate to get the first transplant but there are more difficulties this time around."

"The thing about being human is that everybody has to die sometime. For me, the important thing is to ask 'Can you look in the mirror and say you've done everything to enjoy life?'."


  • Lara - 2012-03-05 07:52

    How we hated you in 1995, but it was because we were all so scared of you. You brought the new dimension of big, strong and fast rugby to our world. Get better soon. It is important for all of us to become organ donors, then people like Jonah wouldn't have to wait so long for the right match to come.

  • Koos - 2012-03-05 08:38

    All the best ou grote!

  • ShauneJordaan - 2012-03-05 09:47

    Lets hope Jonah Lomu gets a kidney. He was a massive legend...and still is a great chap.

  • Francois - 2012-03-05 10:32

    hope this legend finds a kidney

  • garth.bester2 - 2012-03-05 10:55

    I wish you well Boet and believe that your kidney will be made available

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