Natalie Cole says the good will of a near stranger may have saved her life.
In Cole’s new book “Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain,” the singer writes about her battles with Hepatitis C and kidney failure. In a twist of fate, the Grammy-winner received the kidney of a young woman named Jessica who died suddenly in her 30s. Cole says it was the young woman’s aunt, a dialysis nurse named Esther, who made the suggestion.
Cole now serves as a spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization. UKRO raises funds to support research into treatment and cures for kidney disease, along with better detection. Other details in Cole’s book include the impact of music on her life. The 60-year-old describes music as a therapeutic aid during her health struggles. Music was also her life’s purpose growing up as the daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole. “Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain” by Natalie Cole with David Ritz is available now.