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Wolves great Willie Carr thankful after kidney transplant

By Joe Edwards | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Wolves great Willie Carr has expressed his gratitude after undergoing a potentially life-saving kidney transplant.

Carr played for Wolves from 1975 to 1982, making more than 237 appearances

The former old gold midfielder underwent the procedure on his 69th birthday – after a year waiting for a donor, spending eight hours a night on a dialysis machine at his bedside for five months.

After an anonymous donor match was found, he had the transplant at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and spent two weeks recovering.

Carr told the Express & Star: "The treatment I had was brilliant.

"And it puts things into perspective, you see so many people waiting for a donor or on dialysis.

"I got the phone call from the hospital to say a donor had been found, and then I had the operation the following morning.

"I was just like 'if it's going to keep me alive, let's do it'.

"I'd had a lot of bruising after it but as time goes on, it all settles down."

Carr, who says anybody concerned about their kidneys should get checked out as soon as they can, added: "It's all going really well at the moment. I'm still going there once a week.

"Hopefully, it will be once a fortnight soon and after the treatment I had, I could never knock them."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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