Cole's Son Rejected As Kidney Donor
Ailing singer NATALIE COLE is still in need of a new kidney, after her son was rejected as a possible donor.
Cole, 59, has been battling ill health since she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2008.
She suffered kidney problems while she undergoing treatment for the liver disease, and is currently undergoing dialysis three times a week.
The only cure is a kidney transplant - and her 31-year-old son, Robert, was checked out as a possible donor.
But Cole revealed on Tuesday (31Mar09) night's Larry King Live show that her son has been ruled out - after doctors discovered he isn't a suitable candidate for organ donation
She tells King, "It's more than blood. It's not just if you're B negative. And I'm B positive. Your general health has to be really, really good. There are some other requirements that they have.
"In other words, my son had some blood pressure issues. And they felt that that was a red flag. To a regular doctor who you see, let's say, once every couple of months, that's not a big deal, if your pressure is at, say, 135/80. But to the transplant people, that's a big deal."
But Cole's hope of receiving an organ transplant may still come to fruition, TV host King presented her with a pile of emails from viewers, offering the star their own kidneys.
And the singer was overwhelmed by the response, telling King, "I always felt that it was just so strange to solicit to strangers for a kidney. But people are really great. There are some great human beings out there. That's all I can say."