Musician Freddy Fender (real name: Baldemar Huerta) has been released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week ago. Fender, the 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner,

Musician Freddy Fender (real name: Baldemar Huerta) has been released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week ago. Fender, the 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner, underwent the two-hour surgery at University Hospital Jan. 24. He was released on Wednesday.

Marla Huerta Garcia of Jacksonville, Fla., Fender's 21-year-old daughter, donated one of her kidneys for her father. She was released from the hospital on Sunday. Fender has had problems with diabetes and hepatitis C and had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a year.

"Mr. Fender's recovery has gone exactly to the text book," a hospital spokesperson said. "Freddy was tired, but in excellent spirits as he left the hospital with his wife and son." Doctors say Fender's recovery is going well and he should be able to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 27.

This year, Fender is nominated for a Grammy for best Latin pop album for his latest effort, "La Musica de Baldemar Huerta."

Elsewhere, blues singer Koko Taylor was released from a Chicago hospital yesterday (Jan. 31). Taylor, known as the "Queen of the Blues," fainted Sunday during a private function at her South Side nightclub. Doctors discovered a blocked artery, and the 66-year-old singer underwent angioplasty Tuesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Taylor, a diabetic, also suffers from hypertension and diverticulitis, an intestinal ailment. She has been nominated seven times for Grammy awards and won in 1984.


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