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Stoke-on-Trent man receives new kidney after 30-year wait

The NHS is calling for more people to sign up to be an organ donor. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/PA Images

David Dawson, from Milton, endured a 30-year wait and has now received a new kidney. The operation took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham last month.

He is urging people in a similar situation not to give up hope.

You see other people getting transplants after a matter of months, and you get to a point where you think its not going to happen.

But the message I would give to people in the same position now is to never give up hope, never say never. It can happen, no matter how long you've been waiting."

– David Dawson

The former jewellery repair worker was previously given a transplant kidney in an operation at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in 1984, but the organ failed after nine months.

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Begovic: Nightmare Chelsea debut for former Stoke keeper

Stoke City fans may be cracking a wry smile this morning after their former goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had a nightmare debut for Chelsea last night.

Begovic moved to Chelsea from Stoke in an £8 million deal. Credit: PA

He conceded four goals during just one half in a 4-2 friendly defeat by New York Red Bulls.

The 28-year-old, who spent five seasons at the Britannia Stadium, moved to Stamford Bridge earlier this month in an £8 million deal.

Begovic came on as a half-time substitute in New York against a side made up of squad players.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho defended his new signing, claiming he was just 'tired'.

"First of all I think he was tired," said Mourinho after the match,

"When goalkeepers are very tired, co-ordination is low, agility doesn't exist, speed and reaction doesn't exist."

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