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The midfielder paid an emotional tribute to elder brother Fraser who supplied to donate his organ and was authorized as a match.
The siblings went below the knife on the finish of Could and 32-year-old McDonald has now been allowed to return house to proceed his restoration.
Earlier this 12 months, the Carnoustie-born participant revealed he has battled continual kidney illness all through his profession and had been advised by medics that he urgently wanted a transplant.
Having been identified on the age of 18, McDonald has been below docs’ orders all through a taking part in profession which has included 500 appearances for golf equipment together with Dundee, Burnley, Sheffield United and Wolves in addition to 5 worldwide caps for Scotland.
He performed for English Championship membership Fulham for the final 5 years however is now a free agent after leaving the London aspect on the finish of final season.
He has now hailed his brother and medics at Man’s Hospital in London who cared for him.
In a put up on Instagram, McDonald mentioned: “So after longer than anticipated in hospital following my kidney transplant, it has been nice to spend the final couple of weeks at house recovering and feeling higher every day build up my health.
“I wish to give an enormous because of everybody concerned in my care at Man’s Hospital, I actually cannot thank them sufficient.
“A particular because of my surgeon Prof Mamode who went above and past to make sure I had the very best care always.
“And at last to the unsung hero of this my brother Fraser, there are actually no phrases on this world to explain how grateful I’m for this unbelievable gesture, you will have given me a present that I can by no means repay.
“I’m perpetually grateful, I like you.”
McDonald remodeled 100 appearances for Fulham since signing in 2016 however didn’t function final season as a result of his sickness.
In March he revealed his well being battle as a result of he mentioned he needed to clear up hypothesis about his absence from the staff.
He mentioned: “I have been combating a continual kidney illness ever since I began taking part in soccer.
“I’ve recognized I’ve wanted a kidney transplant for practically 12 years now. I’ve obtained one kidney that does not work in any respect and one kidney that is about ten per cent now.
“I have been taking part in with stage 1, to now stage 5 kidney illness, which is continual kidney illness, kidney failure.
“Through the years, my kidney operate has obtained worse. That is what occurs as a part of the illness, it will get worse over time.
“We hoped I may get by my soccer profession, then have a kidney transplant on the finish of it however, sadly, it is not occurred.”
‘I am opening up about it now as there have been sure causes to not inform anybody earlier than. Folks won’t wish to make use of you, so there have been causes to maintain it quiet.
“However I am in direction of the top of my profession and I’ve taken the choice to select well being over soccer.
“I simply wish to get it completed with. It has been creeping up for thus lengthy and I might somewhat get it completed and get on with the restoration.”
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