Kieron Dyer, an ex-Newcastle and England footballer, has disclosed that he requires a liver transplant immediately after being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.
This comes just days after the 42-year-old was admitted to the hospital for tests to determine the reason of his current health issues.
Dyer’s diagnosis has now been confirmed by Ipswich Town, where he works as an under-23 manager.
Primary sclerosing cholangitis is an uncommon disease that affects the bile ducts and scars them.
A statement released by Ipswich on Sunday morning read: ‘The club can confirm Town U23 manager Kieron Dyer has been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.
‘Kieron has been managing problems with his liver for the past couple of years, and now requires a transplant.’ Dyer himself added in the statement:
‘Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a condition of the liver a couple of years ago, that would lead to me one day needing a transplant.
‘Over the next week, test results will confirm when I need to go through this procedure. ‘I see myself as a very positive person that will overcome this minor setback.
‘I’m very grateful to the Club, the supporters and the general public for their messages of support over the past week.
‘I would like to ask everyone now to respect my privacy, and my family’s privacy.’ It came months after he suffered a collapsed lung on TV show Celebrity SAS, also suffering hypothermia and a fractured rib during his appearance on the Channel 4 show.
Speaking afterwards, Dyer said: ‘There were quite a few things to overcome.
‘I’d had hypothermia, and I had a fractured rib, a collapsed lung, and one of my testicles was as big as an apple. ‘When I had my first hospital visit my lung wasn’t picked up.
I was about to fly but I didn’t feel quite right and went to hospital again and they spotted it. ‘It was lucky I didn’t get on the plane.’ Dyer revealed that he had to use painkillers to cope with his injuries. He said: ‘I had to mask the pain and pump myself full of paracetamol.’
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