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Lomu may need new kidney

New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu is likely to need a second kidney transplant operation, it has emerged.

The 36-year-old is currently in the renal unit of Auckland City Hospital, where no word has been given about his condition since he was admitted. But Lomu, who is credited as rugby union's first global superstar, spoke about his condition in the New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine after he signed an exclusive contract with them.

He had a kidney transplant in 2004 but that organ now appears to be failing him, and he told the magazine: "It just went pear-shaped one afternoon. I thought it was just a cold or food poisoning. I couldn't put my finger on it. All I knew was that I didn't feel well and I couldn't hold any food down for about 10 days. I was basically starving."

He added: "Last Friday, I was just about to leave for a function and I crashed. My kidney was failing and my body had become so toxic it started to shut down."

Lomu has undergone numerous tests, with the results set to dictate whether or not he requires another transplant.

Lomu's wide Nadene said: "They've said there's a very slim chance this kidney may survive. So for now Jonah's having dialysis every day and a load of other treatments to see if it can be revived."

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