Radamel Falcao’s legend in Colombia grew today.
The Manchester United striker is receiving praise in his home country for helping a sick teenager find a new heart.
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John Andres Uyaban is a 17-year-old who has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant for over two years in Colombia. When Falcao heard about Uyaban’s story, he took to Facebook to try and lend a helping hand.
Falcao posted a message saying, “Help us get a new heart for John Andrés, a 17-year-old kid with all the desire to keep fighting.”
Ten days after Falcao posted the message, Uyaban was notified that they had found a match and the teen was able to undergo a transplant. He is currently recovering from the initial operation and has another procedure planned.
The teen’s mother thanked Falcao for his help, speaking to Colombian news agency Efe:
I give thanks God and Falcao.
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.”
While Falcao’s future in Manchester may be in question, he will always be loved in Colombia. It’s good to see players and public figures use their status to give back, and we wish John Andres a speedy recovery.