Columbus Crew Player Says Tissue Donation Saved His Life


A Columbus Crew rookie said on Friday that a tissue donation saved his dream of playing soccer in the professional league.

Several years ago Bernardo Anor suffered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported on Friday.

"I received the ball I was going to turn with the ball when a guy came and tackled me from behind and he basically hit my knee," Anor said.

Anor's doctors said that he would be out of the game for nearly a year. His treatment options included a tissue transplant or a series of surgeries to replace the torn ligament with one from his right leg, followed by a lengthy recovery and rehab.

Anor chose the transplant. He said he was grateful for such a gift.

"Since I got that from somebody I'm willing to give it for some other people too that's why I'm a registered donor," Anor said.

Bernardo will be at the 10TV Health & Fitness Expo which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, along with Lifeline of Ohio.

At the Expo, you will have a chance to become an organ donor, Townsend reported. 

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