Albert Haynesworth is long removed from his playing days in the NFL. Known for his story grabbing headlines, Haynesworth is dealing with a far worst enemy than a 300-lb lineman staring him down on the line of scrimmage. He is dealing with an enemy that millions of Americans deal with daily, kidney failure.
Kidney failure is something that can be caused by a variety of things such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health factors. The only thing that cures it, however, is a kidney transplant. It can be a lengthy process. There are patients that can go anywhere from 2-20 years as a dialysis patient. As I stated in another article earlier this year 93,000+ people are on the transplant list and the number grows daily. The only way that you can speed up the process is receiving a kidney from a living donor whether it’s a family member or a willing donor with the same blood type.
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Haynesworth took to social media to let the world know that he’s in “dire” need of a kidney. Albert posted on social media, “I’m in dire need of a kidney,” Haynesworth wrote. “Mine has finally failed me on July 7, 2019.”
Haynesworth revealed that he nearly died from two brain aneurysms in 2015, that led to an 11-day stay in an intensive care unit.
He said the experience had long-term effects on his cognitive abilities.
“I don’t feel as sharp as I used to as far as problem-solving and answering questions and things,” Haynesworth said at the time.
The two-time Pro Bowler with the Tennessee Titans played ten years in the NFL with four teams. He had 347 tackles, 30.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
Prayers going up for you big homie. God will see you through this tough battle.
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