Man Utd legend Andy Cole discusses fear of death after life-saving transplant
Manchester United legend Andy Cole admits he would be happy to live beyond 50 after undergoing a life-saving kidney transplant three years ago.
The 48-year-old former England striker suffered kidney failure in 2015 after contracting Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSG) during an ambassadorial visit to Vietnam.
But his life was saved after his nephew donated the organ to the ex-Newcastle, Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City and Portsmouth ace in 2017.
Speaking on the Counter Attack podcast, Cole – who now works as a forwards coach at Southend United as part of Sol Campbell’s backroom staff in addition to his ambassadorial role at Old Trafford, revealed how he’d be happy to live beyond the age of 50.
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"I work with it," he said, when speaking about his health.
"There's good, there's bad, there's indifferent.
"There's some days that I can't have it and there's other days where I'm turning around and saying to myself 'yeah, it's half decent today'.
"But it is what it is. I try my best not to dwell on it too much because I know I've got to live with it for the rest of my life.
"I think that's the toughest thing at times, knowing that I was super fit and then knowing that I am no longer super fit.
"And knowing that there's only certain things that I can do, and there's only certain things that I can get away with and all those kind of things.
"It becomes frustrating at times but I'm still here. I'm still here.
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"My daughter kept telling me I was going to live to 100. I kept saying to her 'if dad gets to 50, he'll be more than happy!'
"Let's see how things go.
"What I will say though, is I don’t want people to still be celebrating me when I’m no longer here.
"People might say he was really underrated and stuff. But no. Don’t do that nonsense and don’t celebrate me when I’m not here."
- Andy Cole was speaking on the Counter Attack podcast, which you can watch HERE
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