Kevin McDonald Set to Have Kidney Transplant Next Month
Former Clarets and Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has confirmed he has chronic kidney disease and is due to have a transplant next month. The thirty-two year old has been living with the condition for twelve years and the former Scottish International has said the condition is deteriorating and it could now end his career prematurely.
McDonald, has been capped five times by Scotland, is hopeful of being able to continue playing professionally after the operation and a three-month recovery period, whilst he has been sidelined with the condition this season he has been working with Fulham’s Under-23 and Under-18 sides to develop his coaching skills.
Having joined Fulham from Wolves in 2016 and has made 128 appearances, but has not figured for the London club this season because of the illness, and has also turned down chances to move on loan. His operation was due to take place this month but Covid-19 has meant a delay to all transplants. However, he hopes it will happen in April, with his brother and one of his best friends both preparing to donate a kidney.
Speaking to the Fulham website McDonald said, “Football has been great but this needs to take over, I want to get it done now and make sure everything is right and come back from it and live a normal life again. I’m thirty-two now and I could probably play until I’m about thirty-five. The Premier League is probably too fast for me after the operation, but I know where I am in my career.
Will I want to play football? will I be ready physically or mentally or do I go down the coaching route, I won’t know until I get the operation done and see how I will feel. I’ve prepared my whole career knowing a transplant was the end goal. We wanted it to happen after football, but the way recent test results have gone it’s going to be quicker than that. I could hold on and have dialysis four times a week to finish my career but there comes a point when certain things just have to be done. There are so many benefits for me to have a living donor and I owe my life to them.”