NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has recovered enough to receive treatment outside a hospital as his search for a new kidney continues.
The 38-year-old Haynesworth posted an update Thursday on Instagram of his first dialysis treatment outside the hospital, thanking staff at Williamson Medical Center for draining more than 12 pounds of fluids from in and around his lungs.
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First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal, you guys are amazing. I want to also say I love you guys that are willing to give me a kidney their are no words that can describe my feelings for this blessing. Now for the update today I started my first dialysis treatments outside the hospital. I'm feeling better than the previous post since the great hospital staff of Williamson Medical pulled more than 12lbs of fluid from in and around my lungs. Now for my new family (donors) Vanderbilt will be sending you blood test that you take to a lab then send it back to Vanderbilt. After that they will give you further instructions. Oh yes for my new family member (donor) that is picked your medical expenses will be covered under my insurance and for time missed for work their are grants that Vandy will direct you to so you can get a compensation for giving this precious gift to me. I don't know the amount but I seriously doubt it will make you rich FYI.
Haynesworth also thanked everyone supporting him through his ordeal. He also calls those who have reached out to see if they could be a kidney donor his new family, saying words can't describe his feelings for people willing to share such a blessing.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center had more than 1,000 calls and offers to donate a kidney or ask about the process within the first day of Haynesworth sharing news on July 10 that his kidneys had failed due to disease. Haynesworth wrote in his post that the hospital will be in touch with a blood test to see whether the would-be donor is a match.
Haynesworth notes that his new "family member (donor)'' will have his or her medical expenses covered under his insurance. For time missed from work, Haynesworth says Vanderbilt can help direct the donor to grants that are available for compensation for the "precious gift.''
Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL. He spent his first seven seasons with the Titans, who selected him No. 15 overall in the 2002 draft out of the University of Tennessee. Haynesworth also played for Washington (2009-10), New England (2011) and Tampa Bay (2011).
He was selected as an All-Pro after the 2007 and 2008 seasons and had 30 1/2 sacks in 123 games.
This isn't the first health problem Haynesworth has faced since leaving the NFL. Haynesworth told a Nashville radio station in 2016 that he dealt with two brain aneurysms in November 2014 that caused him to spend time in intensive care.