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Abidal: Death was never an option

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal says he ‘never thought of dying’ during his long struggle with cancer.

The Frenchman was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and missed a year of football after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012.

“I never thought of death because I know that it is God who decides,” the 33-year-old told TF1.

“I have suffered. I remember one Sunday when I could not bear the pain. I asked the doctors if they could put me into coma.

“We talked about a transplant, but in fact, I had four or five operations in a very short time. I’ve lost 19 kilograms.

“After the fourth operation, the doctors told me I had a lot of fluid in my stomach and wondered how I could stand the pain.”

Mon 15 April, 2013
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