A representative of the ailing singer Natalie Cole has said that the music sensation recently underwent a life-saving kidney transplant surgery in Los Angeles. She is now "resting comfortably".
The 59-year-old has been suffering from kidney failure, caused by the hepatitis C she contracted during her time as an intravenous heroin user.
The eight-time Grammy Award-winner, who has been getting treated since September last year, had been put on a waiting list for a replacement organ.
"The kidney came from a deceased organ donor through the regional organ procurement agency, One Legacy," People magazine quoted her rep as saying in a statement.
Cole is expected to recuperate for the next three to four months and is allegedly planning to re-arrange her summer tour dates in support of her album Still Unforgettable.