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Daredevil Evel Knievel stable after liver swap.

Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel was stable last night after receiving a long-awaited liver transplant.

At his family's request, no further details were being released, including when the transplant was performed, Tampa General Hospital spokesman Mr John Dunn said.

Knievel, aged 60, has hepatitis C, which he believes he contracted from one of the many blood transfusions he needed following spectacular crashes on the daredevil circuit in the 1960s and 1970s.

The disease destroyed his liver.

Knievel announced in April that he needed a transplant and he was admitted to hospital earlier this month.

He refused the first offered transplant operation, saying it should be carried out on a younger man in the hospital.

Knievel broke at least 35 bones and underwent surgery 14 times during his stunt career, which included a jump over the fountain at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 1967, when he flew head-over-handlebars, was knocked unconscious and crushed his pelvis.

One of his most famous stunts failed when a parachute opened as he was zooming over Idaho's Snake River Canyon in 1974.

The following year, a crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium watched as he soared over 13 double-deck buses and then crashed, again fracturing his pelvis.

He ended his stunt career in 1981.
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