As WBJ went to press, 39-year-old Przemysław Saleta was in stable but serious condition as the consequence of kidney transplant surgery. At the beginning of December the boxer gave one of his kidneys to his 13-year-old daughter, Nicole, who had suffered kidney failure.
After surgery, he was diagnosed with irregular breathing and internal bleeding. Saleta was connected to a respirator and put into a drug-induced coma several times. His condition was initially described as critical but eventually stabilized. In the meantime, his daughter recovered and was expected to be discharged from the hospital.
Przemysław Saleta began his career in the late 1980s. He won 43 out of a total of 50 professional fights. His most notable kickboxing achievements include the World and European Championship titles from both the International Sport Kickboxing Association and World Association of Kickboxing Organizations.
As a boxer he earned Intercontinental Championship titles from the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Organization and a European championship from the European Boxing Union. He took the championship of Poland in both disciplines as well.
In recent months he appeared as a participant on television station TVP2's "Gwiazdy tańczą na lodzie," ("Dancing on Ice"). Standing over 194 centimeters tall and weighing over a 100 kilos, Saleta amused the Polish audience with his ice skating skills.
Saleta has been married twice and has two daughters, Nicole and Nadia.