Former Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is still in need of a kidney, but he could be close to getting one.
Six months ago we shared the story of how former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was in dire need of a kidney transplant and that his life was in danger.
Haynesworth shared the news on an Instagram post with a picture of him laying in a hospital bed and a message pleading with anyone who would be willing to donate a kidney to help save his life.
Despite an outpouring of support from both fans and players alike, Haynesworth has yet to get the kidney transplant he needs and is not sure when it will come, according to Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated.
Regardless, Haynesworth was appreciative of all the love people showed him.
"“I guess,” he says, “I wasn’t as hated as I thought.”"
While some doctors estimates have given him a three to six month time frame, it has already been six months since the aforementioned Instagram post, and the National Foundation for Transplants says it could be up to two years.
Haynesworth is one of more than 100,000 people on a waiting list.
"Haynesworth, meanwhile, doesn’t know for certain if or when he might get a new kidney. He says his doctors projected it could take three to six months, and that was six months ago. The National Foundation for Transplants paints that window closer to two years (and notes that a transplant can cost upwards of $400,000 before insurance)."
But there is some hope that a living donor could speed up the process. Per the same SI article, Haynesworth has a friend who could be a match and give the former defensive lineman the kidney he needs as soon as this year.
"Finding a living donor could speed up the process, and here Haynesworth has a friend, Shawn Vinson, from his Florida fishing days, who recently passed a third (and hopefully final) round of donor-match tests. Vinson is 43 and healthy, in good physical condition."
Haynesworth has had a total of three brushes with death. He suffered two brain aneurysms in 2014, and had a pair of health scares with his kidneys in 2019, the most recent of which came on Labor Day.
We continue to wish him the best and hope he gets the transplant he needs.
Albert Haynesworth played for the Titans from 2002 through 2008 and was a two-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro. He left the team in 2009 to play for the Washington Redskins and was also a member of the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the following years.