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Falcao helps teen find donor for heart transplant

Falcao helps teen find donor for heart transplant

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 23, 2015

Colombian national team and Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao recently helped a 17-year-old countryman find a donor for a heart transplant, the patient's mother told Efe Thursday.

After female cousins of Falcao told him about the case of Colombian John Andres Uyaban, the player immediately posted a message on Facebook that read: "Help us get a new heart for John Andres, a 17-year-old kid with all the desire to keep fighting."

Ten days later, the family learned that the teen would receive the heart of another youth from Medellín who had died in an accident, John Andres' mother, Sara Fernández, told Efe.

Her son, who underwent the transplant operation last week, is currently hospitalized at the Bucaramanga Cardiovascular Foundation in northern Colombia.

"I give thanks to God and Falcao; he's related to some cousins of mine who talked first to his father (Radamel García) seeking his help in this effort," she said.

Fernández said she did not speak directly with the player because he was in intensive training with his team, "but he (Falcao) found out anyway and decided to help us," she added.

John Andres, who had been on a waiting list for a donor heart for two years, is in the initial recovery stage and responding well to the transplant, his mother said.

"They're going to perform another small surgery and we hope it's not complicated," she added.

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