The Daily Mail | Kristy McCormack
The 68-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Ron Dixon in Brookside, was finally given the new organ last month and admits that he is feeling much better.
Speaking to The Mirror, Earl said: 'It's a bit sore and me and the kidney are still getting to know each other. I'm just so thankful to the woman who signed up to the donor register.'
The British star has been battling Goodpasture's Syndrome for two years now and is obviously very grateful to the lady who donated her kidney before passing away.
'I mean, what a thing to do, give the gift of life like that,' he told the newspaper. 'It's just sad a family lost their lived one for this to happen. But I will always be grateful to her and family.
Earls' illness, which causes the body to attack its own organs, caused the actor to balloon to 14st due to fluid retention, but now Earl is slimmer than he was in his soap star days.
A major part of Earl's recovery sees him drink six litres of water a day which he says causes him to pee 'every hour.'
The grey-haired star, who had his fair share of onscreen drama while playing on for 13 years, first noticed that something wasn't right in 2010.
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