Fan Donates Kidney to Natalie Cole

May 22, 2009 By:
Fan Donates Kidney to Natalie Cole

Singer Natalie Cole got the ultimate gift from a loyal fan--a new kidney.

An anonymous fan decided to donate her kidney to Cole, who was in dire need of a transplant, after seeing Cole talk about her health concerns on the Larry King Live show back in April.

Tom Mone, CEO of OneLegacy, the agency that facilitated the match, tells CNN.com, "Having heard of Ms. Cole's need for a kidney, the family asked that one of their loved one's kidneys be transplanted to Ms. Cole if they were a match."

Cole has had health issues since she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2008. She suffered kidney problems while undergoing treatment for the liver disease, which included dialysis three times a week.

Cole underwent surgery in Los Angeles earlier this week after she was given a "direct donation" from the dying 22-year-old. What a generous gift!