|DC United's goalie Josh Wicks (R) gestures after making a save with teammates Marc Burch (L) and Clyde Simms (C) during their MLS soccer match against Chicago Fire in Washington June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (UNITED STATES SPORT SOCCER)|
A former D.C. United soccer player who also spent time on the New England Revolution roster before retiring in 2013 has found a loyal teammate in his ex-girlfriend, who volunteered to be his kidney donor.
Clyde Simms, 33, was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis when he was a freshman in high school, the Washington Post reported. During his playing career his kidney function decreased to 20 percent and he retired to begin a regiment of dialysis three days per week. His life expectancy without a transplant was 5 to 10 years.
He underwent a failed transplant last year and was placed back on the transplant list. Simms received a call from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital this fall after a donor came forward, according to The Post. The donor was not a direct match, however, but it set a paired donation in motion. Through this process, the Kidney Transplant Registry would be searched for a suitable match for Simms, and then the organ from his donor would go to someone else in need, and he would receive the matched one. Continue reading