Seamus Coleman is a sound man. You will come across any number of stories describing how generous he is.
There is a reason that he is so well respected by both fellow professionals and supporters. This is yet another example of why that is the case.
Former Westmeath star John Egan recently underwent a kidney transplant, having been diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy 15 years ago.
He kept the condition under control for a number of years, playing for both Athlone and Westmeath during this period. Unfortunately he would be forced to hang up his boots back in 2018 due to a mixture of a knee injury and his kidney problems.
He was soon placed on the transplant list, with the procedure taking place earlier this week. Thankfully, it went well.
On Monday this week I received a lifesaving kidney from my friend and father-in-law Ollie. Both myself, Ollie and the kidney are all doing well. Thanks to everyone who has reached out over the last few years and shown support. I really appreciate it. #KidneyTransplant #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/yOgoxWG87H
— John Egan (@JohnEgan1111) November 10, 2021
Egan has now revealed that he received a few kind words from his idol in the buildup to the operation.
As a lifelong Everton fan, it should come as no surprise to learn he is a huge admirer of Seamus Coleman.
The Ireland captain would send him a message of support last weekend and said he would have a signed Everton jersey sent to him to help him in his recovery.
— John Egan (@JohnEgan1111) November 12, 2021
Hi John, it's Seamus Coleman here from Everton Football Club.
I just wanted to send you a message here to say hello, I hope you're doing well. I'm aware that you've got your operation coming up soon, so I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and I hope your operation goes well.
Stay strong and you'll be back fighting fit in no time. I know you're a big Everton fan so I've got your address and I'll send on signed Everton shirt. I hope that will lift your spirits somewhat.
I'm sure in no time you'll be back kicking your wides for Athlone again soon. All the very best John, and again, good luck.
A lovely touch.
The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) are encouraging people to carry a donor card, allow Code 115 to be included on their driver's licence and have a 'digital organ donor card' APP on their smartphone.
Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.