Radamel Falcao helps save a 17-year-old's life
Despite struggling to feature regularly for Manchester United, Radamel Falcao has changed the life of a Colombian teenager as he helped the 17-year-old find a donor for a heart transplant.
The 29-year-old’s cousins brought Falcao’s attention to the plight of the 17-year-old John Andres Uyaban. John had been on the waiting list for a donor heart for an astonishing two years, but was yet to receive help.
After hearing of the teenager’s troubles, the Monaco-loanee posted a message on Facebook.
Help us get a new heart for John Andres, a 17-year-old kid with all the desire to keep fighting.
10 days later, John Andres' family learned that the John would be receiving the heart of a recently deceased youth from Medellin.
Sara Fernandez, John’s mother confirmed that her son is recuperating at the Bucaramanga Cardiovascular Foundation in northern Colombia after undergoing the transplant operation last week.
She, however, could not thank Falcao directly due to the footballer’s training schedule, but called him humble and a believer in god.
She said, “I give thanks to God and Falcao; he's related to some cousins of mine who talked first to his father (former Colombia international Radamel Garcia) seeking his help in this effort.
Sara Fernandez confirmed her son is in the initial recovery stage and responding well to the transplant, adding, “They're going to perform another small surgery, and we hope it's not complicated.
“I always had that hope that Falcao would help us because he's a public figure. Everyone listens to him, and he's also very humble and really believes in God.”
Falcao even gave an update on the youngster’s situation on Facebook, posting the message below, which translates to – “Thank you all for helping John Andrew to get a new heart! The boy already had surgery and his new heart will give you a new life! Thank you very much.”