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Football legend Andrew Cole shares insights into life post-transplant

03 March 2020

Footballing legend Andrew Cole – an ambassador for Kidney Research UK – was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner for the charity at Mosimann’s, one of London’s most exclusive private dining clubs last week.

Andrew talked candidly about his career and the mental and physical health challenges he has faced off the pitch.

Former Manchester United and Newcastle player Andrew Cole was a Premiership and international football star, one of the most successful strikers of all time. He retired in 2008 and in 2015, he developed a rare condition which damaged his kidneys. Andrew had kidney failure which saw him go through life-saving yet gruelling dialysis treatment. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2017.

Andrew Cole, Nina Nannar, Shae Hutchinson
Andrew Cole, Nina Nannar, Shae Hutchinson

Live interview with ITV correspondent

During the intimate event in London, Andrew was joined by Nina Nannar, ITV’s arts editor, in a friendly interview in front of dinner guests. Eighteen months since Nina’s husband Steve had his second kidney transplant, the pair spoke about the expectations and realities of life after surgery in moving detail.

The evening was hosted by Kidney Research UK trustee David Prosser.

Support for research is needed

Sandra Currie, Chief Executive at Kidney Research UK said: “Whilst we invest millions in research, it is simply not enough for those people living with, or affected by kidney disease. Events such as this are essential to support our work.

“We are very grateful to Andrew and Nina for sharing their experiences to help more people understand the grim realities of kidney disease. They did this in a warm and relaxed manner, speaking with great honesty and bravery about the mental toll the disease can take. Our thanks also go to David and Mosimann’s for hosting this superb evening.”

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