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Walter Trout has been given the gift of life and now he wants to help others

Walter & Marie Trout compressedWithout the funding that supports research and new developments in care and without people agreeing to donate their organs, Walter would not be alive today. He now feels he wants to give something back and raise awareness for the condition.

Walter Trout, the blues musician has become a Patron of the British Liver Trust. Walter is supporting the Trust on his UK comeback tour in November.

Talking about his involvement with the trust, Walter opens up; “Liver disease almost cost me my life. The disease progressively drained me of my life force until I was on the verge of death. A miraculous liver transplant allowed me to survive and thrive once again. I owe my life to the research and development in the medical field around treatment of liver diseases. I am happy to work with the British Liver Trust to promote awareness about the silent killer among us. I am thrilled because new treatments are emerging at the moment, and to help raise awareness around this, and to empower people to seek treatment, is something I feel privileged to do.”

His new album Battle Scars (Mascot Label Group) chronicles his battle with liver failure.Free Download of ‘Move On’ exclusively for all British Liver Trust Walter Trout fans – “please consider supporting the British Liver Trust”

“Move On is really about the period after the transplant, when I was still in the hospital but it looked like I was going to survive and maybe a year later I would have a life again…My joy and happiness at being here, being able to play, being a husband and father, just being able to breathe and walk…Its astounding, the different view I have of it now. I’m so overjoyed to be here.”  Taken from an interview with Walter Trout by Henry Yates, The Blues Magazine (Issue 25 – out now)

Walter found out that he had liver disease in 2013. His health deteriorated and he almost died. He spent a month in intensive care and then a further five months on a liver ward first waiting for a transplant and then recovering after surgery.  His fans – many of them from England –  used the internet to support Walter and help him raise the money needed for his liver transplant in 2014.

Liver disease is currently the third commonest cause of premature death in the UK – more than 12 million of us are at risk of liver disease yet we have very few resources compared with other conditions. With more funding into better research and care and by encouraging many more people to become a donor we can save more people’s lives. Without the funding that supports research and new developments in care and without people agreeing to donate their organs Walter would he would not be alive today. He now feels he wants to give something back and raise awareness and funds for the condition.

“I am delighted that Walter Trout has agreed to support the British Liver Trust and become our Patron.” Said Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust. “As Walter knows it is a silent killer and by the time that you have the symptoms it can often be too late. I would urge everyone to take the British Liver Trust’s free online Love Your Liver health screener on our website to see if you are at risk. Please also make sure that your loved ones know your wishes regarding organ donation and consider joining Walter in supporting us.”

Walter will speak about the British Liver Trust and  further information will be available at all of his shows:

Tuesday 17 November – Stockton, ArcTICKETS

Wednesday 18 November – Glasgow, ABCTICKETS

Friday 20 November – Holmfirth, PicturedromeTICKETS

Saturday 21 November – London, ForumTICKETS

Tuesday 24 November – Leamington, Assembly – TICKETS

Wednesday 25 November – Frome, Cheese & GrainTICKETS

You can make a donation here

Find out if you are at risk by doing our online screener here

Sign up to become an organ donor here

 

Further coverage of Walter’s story can be seen in the music press here:

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