Kidney transplant survivor returns
Canary Wharf to watch Nick Matthew
squash fan and kidney transplant survivor, made an emotional
return to the Canary Wharf Squash Classic three years after
receiving a call at the tournament that saved his life.
In 2012 Dowdall was a spectator in the crowd of Nick Matthew’s
first round match when an unexpected announcement was made
mid-point searching for the man from Essex with the news that a
suitable kidney was available.
Dowdall had been on the kidney transplant list for three years
when the call came through to the tournament director because
Dowdall had switched his phone off while watching the match.
He was whisked off directly from Canary Wharf to The Royal
London Hospital where he underwent a successful transplant
Dowdall, known as Norm to his friends, returned to the
tournament tonight and this time was able to watch Nick Matthew
complete his match against fellow Englishman Eddie Charlton.
Following the match the now recovered Dowdall was interviewed on
court alongside Matthew, who recalled his memory of the point
where his match was halted:
remember it because there was an announcement mid-point and
you’re thinking, can they not wait? But then you realise that
there are more important things than a game of squash. "
They couldn’t get hold of him but they knew he was at the squash
so they got him down there to the hospital. It was good to see
him again and give him my best regards."
Dowdall, a long-time squash fan was equally happy to be back at
“I had been waiting for three years for a kidney so it was a
bit of a surprise to hear my name called out in the middle of a
"My friends didn’t even realise they were calling for me because
they all call me Norm, and obviously they made the announcement
for Paul. It’s good to be back!"