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Scotland and Fulham footballer Kevin McDonald has had a life-saving kidney transplant after his brother stepped in as a donor.
The midfielder mentioned he owes his life to elder brother Fraser after he supplied to donate his organ and was permitted as a match.
The siblings went beneath the knife on Friday and 32-year-old McDonald mentioned the operations have been a hit.
Earlier this yr, the Carnoustie-born participant revealed he has battled persistent kidney illness all through his profession and had been informed by medics that he urgently wanted a transplant.
Having been identified on the age of 18, McDonald has been beneath 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.
In a submit on Instagram following his surgical procedure, he mentioned: “Just a bit replace for everybody.
“Each my brother and I are recovering nicely after profitable surgical procedures.
“Thanks for all messages and help, it actually has been unimaginable from each considered one of you, my brother and I tremendously respect it.”
McDonald had revamped 100 appearances for English Championship aspect Fulham since signing in 2016 however has not featured this season because of his sickness.
In March he revealed his well being battle as a result of he mentioned he wished to clear up hypothesis about his absence from the staff.
He mentioned: “I have been preventing a persistent 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 persistent kidney illness, kidney failure.
“Through the years, my kidney perform has obtained worse.
“That is what occurs as a part of the illness, it will get worse over time.
“We hoped I might get by means of 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.
“Individuals may not wish to make use of you, so there have been causes to maintain it quiet.
“However I am in the 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 accomplished with.
“It has been creeping up for thus lengthy and I might slightly get it accomplished and get on with the restoration.”
Final week Dundee participant Charlie Adam devoted the Tayside membership’s play-off win over Kilmarnock to McDonald.
He mentioned: “There might be loads of tears however I wish to thank my household and mates who’ve supported me it has been a good time, however I additionally wish to dedicate this promotion to Kevin McDonald, a former participant at Dundee, who’s going to have a kidney transplant this week.
“I wish to dedicate that to him as a result of as footballers we undergo robust occasions. Kev, should you’re watching, that is for you pal.”
Fulham FC confirmed McDonald’s operation was a “success” and mentioned he wished to increase his due to followers for his or her help and nicely needs.
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