Wolves legend Willie Carr reflects on his kidney transplant
Legendary Wolverhampton Wanderers player Willie Carr has received a life-saving kidney transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Willie received his transplant after a year-long wait for a donor which involved spending eight hours per night on a dialysis machine at his bedside. After a donor was found, Willie had his operation at the hospital, and spent the following two weeks recovering.
Willie, who made more than 237 appearances for Wolves between 1975 and 1982, said: "The treatment I had was brilliant. 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.'"
Thursday 14 March is World Kidney Day, which will see events across the world raising awareness of kidney disease, and the life-saving potential of organ transplantation. Join QEHB Charity in the atrium of the hospital as we mark World Kidney Day and celebrate the incredible work that takes place right here in Birmingham.