Manchester United legend suffers kidney failures

Cole says he’s recovering and that his consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary is hopeful he will make a full recovery

Andy Cole and his wife Shirley Dewar

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole suffered kidney failures in June 2015 after contracting an airborne virus.

The striker in a statement revealed that spent three weeks in a hospital and underwent a course of strong steroids which have altered his appearance.

Cole says he’s recovering and that his consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary is hopeful he will make a full recovery.

“In June of this year I suffered kidney failure, caused as a result of contracting an airborne virus and I have been under medical care ever since,” he said in the statement released by Manchester United.

“I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. I spent close to three weeks in hospital under expert medical care, undergoing a kidney biopsy, temporary haemodialysis (dialysis) as well as plasmapheresis treatment.

“During this time I have been unable to work or to carry out my normal day to day activities and I am under close supervision from the renal team at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

“I am on a course of medication including some very strong steroids which has led to the change in my appearance.”

The 44-year-old thanked the doctor who saw him through the kidney failures and also his wife  Shirley Dewar and two children.

Cole, a prolific striker, scored a total of 121 goals for Manchester United and was part of the historic 1999 treble winning team.

United have sent their best wishes to Cole.

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