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BBC NI's Stephen Watson reveals he needs another kidney transplant

BBC NI presenter Stephen Watson has revealed he needs another kidney transplant. Picture from BBC
Marie Louise McConville

BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Watson has revealed he needs a kidney transplant - almost 30 years after receiving one from his father.

The 47-year-old, who fronts much of the broadcaster's sports coverage, currently has dialysis sessions four times a week.

He received a kidney from his father Cecil as a teenager but said he "always knew that it would need replaced".

"I can't go two days without having dialysis," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Travel is more difficult but so far I've managed - and I'll continue to manage because of the amazing staff who work tirelessly to plan my dialysis and help me achieve my schedule.

"I do five-hour sessions, four mornings a week, from 6.30am until after noon in the renal unit at Belfast City Hospital and then I go straight to work until 7.30pm, or sometimes 11pm."

He revealed he had undergone dialysis around the world to coincide with sporting events he was covering.

"I've had dialysis in Paris for the Ryder Cup, I've had it in Ballyliffin for the (Irish Open) golf tournament and I've had it in Dundee for the Open Golf Championship," he said.

"I've also got it planned for the Masters at Augusta this April, for the Isle of Man TT at the end of May and other places just in case a transplant doesn't come along."

For further information about organ donation see www.organdonationni.info

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