Former Ravens Player Lional Dalton Shares His Fight to Beat Kidney Disease

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Playing How Former NFL Star Lional “Jelly Roll” Dalton Fought to Survive Kidney Disease

Lional “Jelly Roll” Dalton, a former NFL player on the Baltimore Ravens, comes to The Doctors to open up about his fight against kidney disease.

In January 2020, the athlete was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. When he was diagnosed, his kidney was functioning at just 17 percent and Lional had to do dialysis 3 days a week for 5 hours. While battling kidney failure, he lost 150 pounds and his ability to walk.

During treatment, he took to social media to spread the importance of organ donation and also potentially find someone to donate a kidney to him. At first, the athlete did not want to share his story publically, but once he opened up about his fight, he was overwhelmed with the amount of support he received from the NFL community and fans.

Thankfully on August 25, Lional received a kidney transplant. He says he feels "blessed" and tells The Doctors he's finally starting to get his energy back to normal. He's able to walk up the stairs and play with his young children, something he was not able to do before his transplant.

The former NFL player warns that often people "do not know until it's too late" calling kidney failure a "quiet disease." Wife Tiffany says her husband's medical scare occurred right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and says it was extremely difficult at times. She credits trusting in a higher power and pushing forward despite all the obstacles for helping their family get through the fight.

Lional and Tiffany have started the Jellyroll Gift of Life foundation to help others in need of organ donation. Get more information, here!

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