KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Thursday, Vanderbilt Medical Center told WVLT News that more than 1,000 people have called their offices or sent emails seeking to help VFL Albert Haynesworth, who recently announced his issues with kidney failure.
By Friday, the hospital said that number had grown with at least 50 to 100 more calls by Friday evening. A hospital coordinator said the majority of the calls have come through on July 10 through July 11.
Haynesworth recently announced on Instagram he is in need of a kidney.
In the post, Haynesworth said, "Some of you may know I've been battling kidney disease for a few years now the time has come...I'm in dire need of a kidney."
Haynesworth went on to say that his kidneys failed him on July 7, 2019.
"It's hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season in retirement that my body has taken another major blow."
Haynesworwth said, "If you are interested in giving this precious gift please call Vanderbilt at 615-936-0695."
"If you're willing to go that far and there's a hundred thousand people waiting for a kidney maybe you might be a match for someone else too, you know something to think about as well." Tennessee Donor Service's Billy Jarvis told WVLT News. "About 100,000 waiting for a kidney, yes they make up over three fourths of the waiting list."
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