Nate Robinson Needs Kidney Transplant, Doesn’t “Have Long To Live”


Former NBA guard Nate Robinson has been battling renal kidney failure for about six years. The three-time slam dunk champion recently opened up about his condition, revealing that he might not have long to live if he can’t find a replacement kidney.

In 2022, Nate Robinson shared publicly that he had been dealing with kidney failure privately for four years. His diagnosis has led to a desperate search for a kidney donor. Without a transplant, he knows that time is running out. Robinson’s honesty about his health struggles has made him a voice for others facing similar challenges.

Robinson’s daily routine revolves around a dialysis machine. He spends four hours a day, three days a week, connected to this life-saving device. Dialysis cleans his blood, removing toxins and helping him stay alive. The consequences of missing a session are dire: without dialysis, he wouldn’t survive more than a week or two. Despite the side effects, including painful vomiting that occasionally lands him in the hospital, Robinson remains grateful for the treatment that keeps him going.


‘I know that I don’t have long if I can’t get a kidney,’ Robinson exclusively told Mail Sport. ‘I know I’m not going to have long to live. So I just want to make the best of it as much as I can. 

He continued, ‘Some people’s body reject dialysis. And thank God that mine accepts it and I can live… if I didn’t go to dialysis, I wouldn’t live probably longer than a week or two. So it’s serious, can’t miss a day. I go in for four hours, three days a week, four hours a day. And they clean my blood to get my toxins out. And they help me out a lot because that’s how I’m living.’


The former NBA star strives to feel as normal as possible. He emphasizes the importance of staying connected with loved ones, playing basketball, and enjoying life’s moments. Robinson’s commitment to maintaining a positive outlook is inspiring. He avoids processed foods, eats healthier, and appreciates every day he feels well. His resilience serves as a beacon of hope for others facing health challenges.

Nate Robinson’s impact extends beyond the basketball court. Known for his epic performances in the slam dunk contest, he won the title a record three times.


If you are interested in becoming a kidney donor, please consider reaching out to your local transplant center or visiting the National Kidney Foundation for more information.

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