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Report: Mets Great Ed Kranepool Undergoes Kidney Transplant

May 08, 2019 - 10:33 am
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By WFAN.com

Mets great Ed Kranepool reportedly underwent kidney transplant surgery Tuesday at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island.

Newsday reported that the surgery was performed by Dr. Frank S. Darras, the hospital’s medical director of transplantation services. 

There have been no announcements on how the procedure went or Kranepool’s condition. A news conference is tentatively scheduled for Friday at the hospital, a source told the newspaper.

Kranepool, 74, had been searching for a donor for two years before a match was located last month. The donor has not been identified publicly.

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"I'm nervous, but also ecstatic," Kranepool, who has lived with diabetes for much of his life, told Newsday in April. "It’s very exhilarating, no question about it. It's life-saving. But I am nervous. It's a 3½-hour operation."

Doctors expected that Kranepool would be in the hospital for about five days after the procedure but that he should be cleared to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mets' 1969 championship in late June at Citi Field.

Kranepool was signed by Mets scout Bubber Jonnard as a 17-year-old amateur free agent in 1962. He made his lone All-Star Game appearance in 1965 and is a member of the Mets' Hall of Fame after being inducted in 1990. 

The lifetime Met hit 118 home runs and batted a career .261 in 18 MLB seasons. Kranepool hit a combined .396 as a pinch hitter from 1974 to '78. His pinch-hitting average of .486 in 1974 is still a major league single-season record. He is also the Mets' all-time leader in games played with 1,853.

A diabetes-related infection led to the amputation of all the toes on Kranepool's left foot as well as about two inches of bone in the foot.

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