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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tom Lonergan champions organ and blood donation after footy clash that almost took his life

Geelong footballer Tom Lonergan on the spot where almost died. Picture: Colleen Petch
HERALD SUN | LUCIE VAN DEN BERG

It was a “foolishly courageous” manoeuvre that almost cost the Cat’s defender his life, but for all the losses Tom Lonergan suffered after the brutal blow to his back, there have been great gains.

This weekend marks 10 years since the lanky young man from Yarrawonga put his body on the line for the ball and almost died during just his seventh AFL game against the Demons.

On Saturday he will play on the same field, against the same team.

He may have one less kidney, but he now has more than 180 games under his belt, and the day has extra significant because it’s the day that his first baby is due.

Although if it wasn’t for the generosity of others, none of it would be possible.

As Lonergan underwent surgery to stem massive internal bleeding and remove his lacerated kidney, doctors always had another bag of donated blood to string up to save him. Continue reading
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