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Former Dundee midfielder Kevin McDonald is to obtain an organ donation from his brother, having battled kidney illness for the previous 14 years.
The Fulham ace – whose sickness first got here to gentle in a 2008 medical as a part of his transfer to Burnley from the Dark Blues – hopes to have surgical procedure subsequent month in a bid to keep away from being positioned on dialysis.
On his Instagram story, he wrote: “For these questioning the place issues are at relating to my well being.
“I’m attributable to have my kidney transplant this Friday donated by my brother.
“I’ll replace you all on my restoration. Thanks as all the time in your assist all through.”
His brother Fraser, who is 2 years older than the Scotland worldwide, is to donate the organ to his youthful sibling.
McDonald has represented his nation 5 occasions since his debut in 2018, below Alex McLeish.
Strangers provided kidney to soccer star
Kevin McDonald stated following his announcement earlier this 12 months that he wanted the transplant, strangers had come ahead to supply him an organ.
He told the BBC in March: “Random folks have provided me theirs since I spoke about this. There’s been a lot assist.
“It’s turned out proper now that my brother is getting labored as much as do the transplant. He’s a few years older than myself so he’s the most effective match in the intervening time.
“So he’s within the strategy of getting his blood, urine and kidney perform checked and ensuring he’s good to go. It was a straightforward sufficient dialog in that sense.
“If my brother was needing a transplant I’d be the primary to say, ‘right here you go’ so I’ll be without end grateful for that.
“If it’s going to be him then it could be completely sensible but when it’s not him then we go to the subsequent one and the subsequent one and so forth till we get one.”
McDonald, 32, has recognized he would ultimately want a transplant for the previous 12 years.
The Carnoustie-born midfielder – who hasn’t appeared for Scott Parker’s aspect this season and is teaching on the English Premier League membership – accepts his enjoying profession might be over.
One kidney not functioning in any respect
At current, he stated one kidney “doesn’t work in any respect” and the opposite operates at round 10% of regular perform for an individual his age.
McDonald made his full Dundee debut at Glebe Park in opposition to Brechin as a 17-year-old again in 2005.
Since leaving Dens Park – three years after his senior bow – McDonald has additionally had mortgage spells for Scunthorpe United and Notts County, and signed for each Sheffield United and Wolves, earlier than transferring to present membership Fulham.
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