Thursday 23 October 2014

David Norris recovering in hospital after life-saving liver transplant

Published 08/05/2014 | 08:13

Senator David Norris

SENATOR David Norris is recovering in hospital after undergoing a six-hour long liver transplant operation.

Mr Norris was admitted to St Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin last week to undergo the procedure, which was necessary following the discovery of a cancerous growth.

Councillor Mannix Flynn, a good friend to Mr Norris, today said the operation had been a success and that the senator was recovering well.

“He's a tough nut. After looking after the public so long, it's time that David started looking after himself.

“I'm so happy that the procedure has been a success,” Mr Flynn said. Asked when Mr Norris might be back to work, Mr Flynn added: “The kind of person that he is, he would take a phone call

before going under general anaesthetic.”

Mr Norris (69) has spoken publicly about his health complaints before.

Last September he revealed how his medical team had succeeded in “considerably” reducing the size of the main tumour on his liver.

However he also revealed how the team had told him about the necessity for a transplant.

He said his cancer was “inoperable” and couldn't be removed by surgery. Doctors suggested a liver transplant may represent his best hope of recovery.

The former presidential candidate also said he believes his illness is related to the stress he incurred during the past few years.

TUMOUR

He said: “It's an inoperable cancer, it's a tumour on the liver.

“It's related to the fact I had viral hepatitis 20 years ago and with all the stress I had in the past couple of years, it's come back as cancer.”

But he has always remained upbeat and positive about the future. Mr Flynn said that his friend was not alone in needing a transplant and there were many people, such as those with cystic fibrosis, who put their lives on hold while on the transplant list.

“Dr Norris is not alone, there are tens of thousands of people who have liver complaints and many more of these operations will be necessary in the future” he said.

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