Natalie Cole Undergoes Successful Kidney Surgery
Thu, 21 May 2009 13:38:50
While she’s endured dialysis treatments three times a week since September, Natalie Cole has finally received a successful kidney transplant in a Los Angeles hospital. As a result, the 59 year old will postpone her summer tour—a trek that was supposed to run between June 5 and Novemeber—to recover.
"I'm a fighter, not a chump," Cole said in an interview with People last year. "The timing is intense. The [Grammy-winning Still Unforgettable] album is special to me, and here I am sick. But you know the saying: These are the best of times and the worst of times. So we'll barrel through."
Cole revealed her struggle with hepatitis C last year and said she may have contracted the disease during her struggles with drug abuse. Had the singer not underwent a transplant, she would have had to continue her dialysis treatments for the rest of her life.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff