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BlueJessamine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 06:43 PM
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Natalie Cole has kidney transplant surgery
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Source: MSNBC

LOS ANGELES - Ailing Natalie Cole now has a new kidney.

The 59-year-old singer underwent successful kidney transplant surgery and is resting comfortably, publicist Maureen OConnor said Wednesday. Cole will postpone her summer tour, which was set to begin June 5 and run through November, as she recovers.

Cole had been receiving dialysis three times a week since September. She still continued to perform, even overseas, in support of her latest album, the Grammy-winning Still Unforgettable,

The kidney dialysis is unrelated to Coles struggle with hepatitis C, a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood. She announced her hepatitis diagnosis last year and said that the disease was likely caused by her drug use years ago.

Cole received painful chemotherapy to treat the hepatitis and within four months, I had kidney failure, she told Larry King on his CNN show last month. Without a donor, she would need dialysis for the rest of her life, she said.

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