Personal connections help former MLS midfielder Clyde Simms land another kidney transplant | SIDELINE

After former MLS midfielder Clyde Simms suffered through a failed kidney transplant, he was admittedly "shattered." Now – thanks to ex-girlfriend Katri Hunter – he has a second chance for healthy hopes.

Simms, who played nine seasons for D.C. United and the New England Revolution, was forced prematurely from the game in 2013 due to a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, first diagnosed as a teenager.

As Steve Goff explains in his profile on Simms in The Washington Post on Monday, Hunter was not a match and could not give Simms her kidney in his latest transplant. But her selfless donation to a third party paved the way for Simms to receive a new kidney through a transplant chain.

“I didn’t want him to feel he owes me in any way,” Hunter said, in the piece. “I’m not the warm, fluffy type. That’s not what it’s about for me.”

Read the remarkable full story at The Washington Post, and best wishes to Simms in his ongoing recovery.