Excellent news. Natalie Cole is "resting comfortably" at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after undergoing a life-saving kidney transplant operation on Monday, according to friends of the family and the singer's web site.
The Grammy Award-winning jazz, pop and R&B legend emotional search for a new kidney was publicized around the world and included an appearance on CNN's Larry King Live on March 31. Dozens of viewers offered to donate their kidneys and the search ended this week when an anonymous fan with a compatible organ died and their family asked that it be given to the singer, CNN reports.
In July 2008 the singer was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and believes she contracted the liver disease from drug use more than 25 years ago. Cole is now sober but unfortunately the condition lead to renal kidney failure. The singer says she was "on very a long" organ donation list due to incompatibility with relatives.
"Natalie is resting comfortably at the hospital and may leave as soon as next week," says producer, author and pastor Kevin E. Taylor, the longtime friend to Natalie Cole who write the discography of her autobiography Angel On My Shoulder. "Doctors advised her to postpone her summer tour as she recuperates for the next three to four months."
AFTER THE JUMP, watch Natalie on LKL explain how kidney failure and dialysis changed her life. And please: Send her good thoughts.