Albert Haynesworth, former NFL All-Pro, discharged from hospital, awaits kidney transplant
More than 1,000 offers came in for potential kidney donations
Former NFL All-Pro Albert Haynesworth has been discharged from Williamson Medical Center in Nashville after kidney treatments, and now he's thanking the more than 1,000 potential transplant donors who heard his call for help.
As the Associated Press reported, the 38-year-old retired defensive lineman was recently cleared to leave the hospital after having more than 12 pounds of fluid drained from in and around his lungs. On Thursday, just over a week after he said he was following a total kidney failure, Haynesworth provided an update via his Instagram page.
"I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal," he wrote. "I want to also say I love you guys that are willing to give me a kidney. (There) are no words that can describe my feelings for this blessing."
Haynesworth, who said he's now undergoing dialysis treatments outside the hospital, first publicly announced his kidney failure on July 10. Within 24 hours, per the AP, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center had received more than 1,000 calls and offers to either donate a kidney or ask about the process. Vanderbilt is now sending blood tests to potential donors, Haynesworth wrote, in advance of a planned transplant.
This isn't the first time Haynesworth has opened up about a health crisis. The former Tennessee Titans star previously revealed that he suffered a brain aneurysm and memory loss in 2014.
The 15th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, Haynesworth spent 10 seasons playing professional football, going to two Pro Bowls as a member of the Titans from 2002 to 2008. Regularly ranked among the league's most feared defensive tackles during his All-Pro run in Tennessee, Haynesworth is also well known for signing a record seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins in 2009 free agency. After just two seasons in D.C., he finished his career as a backup with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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