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Donated kidney of GAA star Brolly fails

GAA pundit Joe Brolly is devastated after the kidney he donated to a sick friend failed.

Selfless Brolly (42) donated his kidney to PR executive Shane Finnegan (40) earlier this month at Guy's Hospital in London. However, it had to be removed last Friday as a result of complications.

Two-time football All-Star Brolly, who is now a barrister, couldn't hide his disappointment from his hospital bed at the Belfast Health Trust.

"I'm really exhausted and am still recovering myself.

"I don't have much to say," Mr Brolly said.

He and Mr Finnegan had only known each other for over a year when he offered to donate his kidney to the father of three, who he met while coaching an under-10 team at St Brigid's GAA club in Belfast.

After an initial successful transplant, complications arose within days of the operation.

A statement from the Belfast Trust, which is caring for both men, confirmed that the kidney had to be removed.

Mr Brolly is recovering well after his operation. Both he and Mr Finnegan hope to support the Belfast Trust's campaign for organ donation and will spearhead a drive to increase the number of donors "when fit and ready".