NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mets legend Ed Kranepool has a new lease on life this week after receiving a life-saving new kidney.
The incredible story behind the kidney the member of the ’69 Miracle Mets received started with, of all things, a Yankee fan.
Port Authority Police Officer Brian Cooney told the Daily News he had donated blood all his life but had never donated an organ. Celebrity Cruise Deals
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He heard about the need for kidneys, and although no one he knew needed one, he talked to a hospital about donating to a stranger.
He was told he was a match for a Long Island firefighter, and as part of a registry exchange program, the firefighter’s wife agreed to pay it forward and donate one of her own kidneys to someone else.
That someone else turned out to be Ed Kranepool.
Newsday reported earlier this week that the surgery was performed by Dr. Frank S. Darras, the hospital’s medical director of transplantation services.
Kranepool played all 18 of his major league seasons with the Mets and has the record for most games played for the franchise.
The now 74-year-old told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, upon finding out he would be receiving a kidney in April, "We’ve been very fortunate to get great news from the hospital."
Doctors at Stonybrook University Hospital will discuss the successful surgeries this afternoon.
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