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Andy Cole Opens Up on Health Battle Post-Kidney Transplant

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Manchester United legend Andy Cole has candidly shared his ongoing health challenges following a life-saving kidney transplant he underwent seven years ago. The revered footballer had faced kidney failure after contracting an airborne virus in 2015, leading him to a critical point where the transplant from his nephew in April 2017 was his only recourse.

In a recent interview on The Overlap, sponsored by a health initiative, Cole discussed the uphill battle he has faced post-transplant, acknowledging the harsh reality that full recovery may never be attainable. Describing his initial struggle, Cole shared his resolve to push through the pain, outlining his transition from elite sportsman to a regime of acceptance amidst persistent fatigue and limitations.

Cole confessed that grappling with the side effects of medication post-transplant was perhaps the toughest aspect of his journey. Shedding light on his nephew’s challenging recovery post-donation, Cole emphasized the toll the procedure took on both of them mentally and physically, recounting the difficult period where his outlook on life dramatically altered.

Despite the hurdles, Cole has channeled his experience into positive action by establishing a foundation aiming to raise funds for kidney transplant research and patient support. The football icon was recently inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, joining illustrious figures like John Terry and Ashley Cole in the prestigious list that honors outstanding contributions within the league.

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