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Ravens Super Bowl winner's wish for new kidney granted

Lional Dalton
Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 16:23:48-04

BALTIMORE — More than 20 months after being diagnosed with late stage kidney disease, the wish of former Baltimore Ravens defensive player Lional Dalton has finally been granted.

Just before 11am Thursday, the Super Bowl XXXV winner known to fans as "Jelly Roll," tweeted that he was on his way to Johns Hopkins Hospital to begin a life saving kidney transplant.

WMAR-2 News followed Dalton's journey.

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For a while, the odds of finding a match looked slim.

His blood type is O-negative, which is said to normally take 5 to 8 years to find.

As of May, there were 107,000 people awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.

The identity of Dalton's donor has not yet been revealed.