Musician Freddy Fender had successful kidney transplant surgery, with his daughter providing the necessary organ for the award-winning singer and songwriter. The two-hour procedure was performed yeste

Musician Freddy Fender had successful kidney transplant surgery, with his daughter providing the necessary organ for the award-winning singer and songwriter. The two-hour procedure was performed yesterday (Jan. 24) at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Fender, who is nominated for a Grammy for best Latin pop album this year, was reported in stable condition.

Marla Huerta Garcia of Jacksonville, Fla., Fender's 21-year-old daughter, had one of her kidneys removed earlier in the day to donate to her father, who had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a year. Garcia was in good condition yesterday. She was expected to be released in a day or two.

Dr. Ken Washburn, one of the surgeons, called the operation "uneventful and very straightforward." He said the singer was expected to remain in the hospital for up to a week.

The 64-year-old has diabetes, which Washburn said could be responsible for his kidney failure. Fender, whose real name is Baldemar Huerta, has also had problems with hepatitis C, but Washburn said he is not on a waiting list for a liver transplant. He's expected to attend the Grammys on Feb. 27.

"It's not over till the fat lady sings," he told Billboard recently. "As far as I'm concerned, the fat lady can take her time."


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