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Knievel hopes for transplant

Evel Knievel, who defied the odds during his 300 stunt jumps, now faces another kind of life-threatening danger.

He has contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion and has only months to live unless he receives a liver transplant.

"Three years ago, the doctor diagnosed five years (to live). But now it's just crept up on me so fast, they say three to six months," Knievel said from his winter home in Clearwater.

"I absolutely need a new liver as fast as I can get it. I'm on the list, and I've got a beeper from Tampa General Hospital. If they beep me, I've got eight hours to get in there and have the transplant."

Knievel, 59, said the hepatitis has rapidly drained him.

"It hits you hard, saps your strength, gives you a fever. I've had to spend up to a week at a time in bed because I have no energy at all," he said. "It's just a killer."

The virus affects the liver's ability to filter toxins from the blood and is the leading reason for liver transplants in the United States.