With all the awful news about football players circulating these days, it’s nice to hear a heart-warming story every now and then. Like this one, about former Raven Ma’ake Kemoeatu donating a kidney to his brother, Chris, even though his brother used to play for the Steelers.
The brothers, who hail from Hawaii, have three Super Bowl rings between them, albeit from rival teams. But when doctors discovered that Chris’s kidney was failing, Ma’ake stepped up without hesitation. “He couldn’t play anymore, and I didn’t want to be in a position where he couldn’t play but I’d keep playing,” Ma’ake told ESPN. “As soon as my brother’s health was at risk I wanted to stop everything.”
The transplant itself was further complicated by the last-minute discovery that Chris also had a heart condition. “I had to talk to him in football aspects,” Ma’ake told WJZ. “Alright, it’s fourth and long right now. We thought we were going to get the first down but it’s fourth and long right now. We gotta go deep and he threw for a first down and made it through the heart surgery and got in the endzone and did the kidney surgery.”
The August 27 surgery was successful, and the brothers hope to return to Hawaii in around six weeks.
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