Lomu waits for another kidney

2012-08-22 10:38

Paris - Legendary All Black Jonah Lomu, treated twice for renal problems in hospital recently, said in an interview published on Wednesday that he feels better but still expects to undergo another kidney transplant.

"I'm trying to live my life as normal while knowing that I will maybe have to have another transplant. I'm on dialysis three times a week," the 37-year-old was quoted as saying in Le Figaro newspaper.

The powerful former New Zealand winger, who was diagnosed with a rare renal disorder in 1995, had a transplant eight years ago and fell ill again last September during the Rugby World Cup in his home country. He was in hospital for a fortnight.

Medical tests revealed that his body was rejecting the new kidney donated by his friend and New Zealand radio broadcaster Grant Kereama and that he would eventually require a second transplant.

Lomu, a father-of-two, is seen as rugby union's first global superstar, having risen to fame due to his stunning performances in the 1995 World Cup and his part in New Zealand's 1999 campaign.

He still holds the record for most tries at the World Cup, with 15 in total, and scored 37 tries in 63 Tests for New Zealand before illness eventually cut short his playing career.

Lomu, who played at Marseille side Stade Phoceen in 2009, told Le Figaro that he had not ruled out a return to Europe, possibly in a coaching role.


  • nzbro.allblack - 2012-08-22 11:14

    legend! ...all the best for you bro...

  • sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-08-22 11:17

    Dear Mr. Lomu. Seeing as you trashed the first donated kidney by irresponsibly trying to return to a violent intensely physical sport I certainly won't consider donating one of mine toy you. Sincerely

      robert.cerff - 2012-08-22 11:46

      While other's have simply given you a thumbs down, I'll actually respond. You are an idiot of the highest degree. Do you have any idea how fit and medically sound he would have to have been to actually be allowed back on the field? Actually I'd venture to say that you simply don't have an idea... or a clue for that matter. All the best to the poor guy!

      philip.finane - 2012-08-22 12:59

      A very ignorant and uninformed comment there Sharon. Here is wishing Jonah a speedy and healthy outcome. Legend!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-22 13:20

      Well as i am an organ Donar - i would donate if i were a match - You are very SELFISH dear sharon. Having any form of transplant does not mean you now have to STOP LIVING.........

  • mardeo.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-22 11:29

    Good Luck Legend!!!!

  • donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-22 13:51

    All the best Jonah, you are in our thoughts. A true legend of the game.

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