Natalie Cole: My Son Might Be My Kidney Donor
Following her battle with hepatitis C and kidney problems, the singer is hoping for a transplant
Natalie Cole is hopeful that a kidney transplant could put an end to the dialysis she undergoes three times a week.
“My son [Robert, 31] may be a possible [donor] match,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the Grammy Salute to Jazz on Tuesday. “It’s very sweet and kind of strange to have people offer something like that.”
Cole, 58, who is nominated for three Grammys for her 2008 album Still Unforgettable, is virus negative after being diagnosed with hepatitis C almost a year ago. She has also struggled with kidney problems while undergoing treatment for the liver disease.
She tells ET that she’s not looking forward to the recovery time following a transplant, “but in the end it’ll be worth it.”
Despite her health struggles, Cole refused to let her treatment stop her from touring the world over the last six months.
“I’ve never been through anything like this,” she told PEOPLE last year, adding, “I love when I do so much. I just keep going. Nothing can bring me down.”