Ivan Klasnic (40) had a successful stint at Werder Bremen – he scored 77 goals and 45 assists in nearly 200 games. In 2004 he won the double with Ludovic Magnin (41) and “Kugelblitz” Ailton (47). Three years later, he becomes the first football player to return to one of the top professional leagues after a kidney transplant.
His kidney disease is also the reason the contract was not extended in 2008. He loses faith in the medical team and even goes to court in the same year.
The 41-time Croatian national team player has been suing former Bremen doctors and supervisors for twelve years. According to a medical report, doctors should have noticed his kidney values increased as early as 2002, which years later led to kidney failure.
The first donor kidney was rejected
In early 2007, the Croatian had to undergo two transplants. Her mother’s first donor kidney was rejected by her body. Before the second attempt with one of his father’s kidneys worked. The third transplant followed in 2018 because her father’s kidney was no longer releasing enough blood.
The lawsuit against former team doctor Götz Dimanski (61), internist Manju Guha and internist Hermann Holzhüter, who has since died, is nearing completion. According to information from “Bild”, Klasnic received four million euros for lost earnings. Both sides want to agree on an agreement by the end of November.
Klasnic also doesn’t want to comment in advance: “I’ll wait and see what the decision will be. I don’t want to say more about it “, he replied to a request for” photos “. (Smi)