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A winner all the way!
Kidney transplants can signal a return to an absolutely normal life and that was amply demonstrated at Euro 2008 by 28-yearold Ivan Klasnic. He not only returned to playing top class football just over a year after undergoing a kidney transplant operation, but also scored the only goal against Poland as Croatia beat them 1-0 in their Group B Euro 2008 clash.
Klasnic underwent a successful kidney transplant operation in March 2007 after receiving a kidney from his father, a month after the one donated from his mother failed. He had already said that he hadn’t come as part of the squad just to be a fan and he showed he’d lost none of his touch by slotting home in the 53rd minute. Klasnic became not only the first kidney transplant patient to play in a major final but also capped it by scoring. He took his tally to nine goals in 30 internationals. “I came to the Euro to play and to put in a good performance,” said Klasnic, who rejected a new contract from his Bundesliga side Werder Bremen after seven years there because he is seeking 1.5 million euros in damages against two club doctors for not diagnosing his condition over a period of five years. His extraordinary story was hailed as a fairytale by national coach Slaven Bilic. “We are proud of him. He is a very strong personality; it was he who raised our morale. Now, he is not only in good health, but also back playing at a very high level,” said Bilic.
- Shroff S, Navin S. A winner all the way!. Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue NO.: 26 (Feb-Jun 2008)
- Shroff S, Navin S. A winner all the way!. Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue NO.: 26 (Feb-Jun 2008). Available at:
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