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Senator David Norris 'feeble' after life-saving liver transplant

Niall O’Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 16/06/2014 | 13:08

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Senator David Norris

Senator David Norris has said he is feeling "a bit feeble" after undergoing a life saving liver transplant.

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Mr Norris yesterday made his first public appearance at the Bloom festival in Dublin since being released from hospital last week.

The former Presidential election candidate said he discovered that he had less than a 30pc chance of survival prior to his surgery.

He said that although he suffered a "little rejection episode" last week, the liver transplant was very successful.

“I said to the surgeon afterwards [that] I felt I had about a 30pc chance going in there and he said 'if that'," Mr Norris told 'The Pat Kenny Show' on Newstalk.

"So they really saved my life, I had brilliant surgery. And then I had a live transplant and it was really successful and it's healed up but you get these little episodes every so often," he added.

The 69-year-old politician was admitted to St Vincent's Private Hospital lastr month to undergo the procedure, which was carried out following the discovery of a cancerous growth.

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 medical 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.

Mr Norris also said he believes his illness is related to the stress he incurred during the past few years.

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