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Former Newcastle star Kieron Dyer overcomes life-threatening condition after successful liver transplant

Former Premier League star Kieron Dyer has been discharged from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after undergoing a life-saving liver transplant. 

The ex-Newcastle United and England footballer, who retired from the sport in 2013, faced a harrowing battle with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition diagnosed six years after retirement.

The 44-year-old has opened up about his condition, revealing that he had always known a transplant would be necessary. 

Dyer’s life took a remarkable turn three months ago when he was admitted to the hospital. Two weeks ago, he received the life-changing news that he would be the recipient of a new liver. 

Primary sclerosing cholangitis, as described by the British Liver Trust, is a condition that causes inflammation and scarring, leading to the progressive narrowing of bile ducts inside and outside the liver.

Following his retirement, Dyer transitioned into coaching, starting with Ipswich Town’s youth team in 2014. 

His coaching journey included spells at various clubs, including West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough and Chesterfield, where he reunited with former Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook.

Dyer acknowledged the selflessness of the organ donor and the immense support of his family, promising to make the most of this second chance at life. 

He said he had watched more football matches from his hospital bed in the past three months than ever before, emphasising his enduring passion for the game. 

Dyer also thanked Ipswich, Chesterfield and Cook for their unwavering support throughout his diagnosis and treatment.

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