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Mets Great Ed Kranepool Finds A Kidney Donor

April 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Ed Kranepool of the '69 Mets says doctors have found him a match for a kidney donor.

The now 74-year-old told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell, "We've been very fortunate to get great news from the hospital."

Over the last two years, the former first baseman has been able to avoid dialysis, but his kidney function has dropped to about 20 percent.

Kranepool explained that the procedure will actually leave him with three kidneys, as doctors plan to add a third organ to his body and let the two dysfunctional ones shrink.

He has yet to meet the donor and doesn't know if the person is a Mets fan. He's scheduling a meeting for some time in the near future. 

“When a kidney comes up you have to take it when it comes,” he said. “You're not going to worry about the weather you can make it to the events.”

Kranepool will be hospitalized for five days after the surgery but is expected to be cleared to celebrate the Mets’ ’69 team during the last weekend of June at Citi Field.

His surgery is set for early May.