Football Coach Riedl Searches For Kidney Donor

Viet Nam’s national football coach, Alfred Riedl at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday.

Viet Nam’s national football coach, Alfred Riedl from Austria, is looking for a kidney donor in Vietnam as a matter of urgency, but in the meantime reckons he’s well enough to keep coaching.

"Twelve years ago my doctors said I would have problems at about 65 years of age but now I am only 57 and the time has come," Mr. Riedl revealed at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday,

The coach said he had been ailing physically since last December, but still felt healthy enough to go on working and even playing a little tennis in Ha Noi’s boiling heat.

Reportedly there were three Vietnamese, one of them from Ho Chi Minh City, who contacted Mr. Riedl to donate a kidney but their blood types did not match, so no go.

Apart from Viet Nam, Mr. Riedl said he was looking for a donor in India, China or Pakistan. He said he had consulted with doctors in Vienna, Austria who had assured him his operation would be not complicated, and he could return to work in just three or four weeks.

A reliable source revealed that the Austrian coach would return to his homeland for his kidney transplant this September.

That’s the best time for his operation since Mr. Riedl will be busier after November as the national football team will have three to four months of major tournaments to compete in.

Moreover, doctors recommended that the coach have transplant surgery six months ahead of time, which means that January 2007 is the deadline for the operation.

Source: SGGP The Thao – Translated by Trong Khuong

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