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Joe Brolly recovering after donating kidney to club-mate

Updated: Friday, 05 Oct 2012 19:38 | Comments

Joe Brolly (above) contacted Shane Finnegan's medical team to initiate the transplant
Joe Brolly (above) contacted Shane Finnegan's medical team to initiate the transplant

Sunday Game analyst Joe Brolly is recovering in London after donating a kidney to a club-mate from St Brigid’s GAC in Belfast.

Brolly, 42, and 40-year-old Shane Finnegan remain under medical supervision at Guys Hospital after the operation, which took place on Wednesday.

The former Derry star said it was an honour to have helped.

“I’m honoured to have been in the position to help Shane,” Brolly said.

“He’s been waiting for a transplant for over six years and when I heard that the only possibility of a one was through a live donor I contacted his medical team.

“And, of course, in my considered opinion it’s all going according to plan – and thankfully the doctors concur!”

Brolly and Finnegan coach an U-10 side together, and the latter admitted he was overwhelmed by the gesture.

“Joe’s altruism is overwhelming and, of course, there are no words to thank him or his family for his wonderful gift."

Finnegan added: “I know its early days, but I’m so relieved that it’s all going well for both of us so far.”

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