NATALIE COLE TRAGEDY

Published on: May 22, 2009
NATALIE COLE  TRAGEDY

Natalie Cole gets new kidney, loses sister all in same week!

The daughters of Nat King Cole had been facing their crisis bravely together as Natalie who desperately needed a new kidney.

As she sat comforting sister Carol "Cookie" Cole, Natalie received word a life saving kidney was available for transplant.

"Our sister Cookie hadn't been to a doctor in 30 years, and last week she went in and they found a cancerous spot on her lung," youngest sister Timolin Cole revealed. "They had wanted to start chemo right away, but Cookie said no."

Natalie rushed to Cookie's bedside, expecting to be with her til the end.

"Natalie was there with her at her bedside at 4 in the morning on Monday, and she got a phone call from her doctors that a kidney was ready for her," Timolin said

"She said, 'What do you mean? I can't deal with that right now! I'm here with my dying sister!' And they said to her, 'No, ma'am. We've got to do it now. You've got to be at Cedars-Sinai in two hours.'

Ultimately Natalie's transplant was a success but Cookie passed away.