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5 Celebs Who’ve Had Life-Saving Kidney Transplants

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Tina Turner just made a shocking revelation in her forthcoming memoir, “Tina Turner: My Love Story.”

The “Proud Mary” singer revealed she underwent a kidney transplant in 2017, and love’s got everything to do with it. Her second husband, Erwin Bach, donated a kidney to her when her kidney health was declining. According to Turner, not only was she exploring dialysis; she also considered assisted suicide as an alternative.

The kidney damage was the latest in a series of medical blows that began with a stroke in 2013, early-stage intestinal cancer and years of mismanaged blood pressure. Thankfully her hubby of 3 years stepped in and helped save her. 

“His offer to give me his kidney was a gift of love, and he remained unflappable and relaxed,” she wrote in an excerpt published Saturday by DailyMail UK.

But the 78-year-old isn’t the only star to receive a life saving donation from a loved one.

Selena Gomez

On September 14, 2017, Selena Gomez revealed on Instagram that she had undergone a kidney transplant and that the organ donor was actress and BFF Francia Raisa. Gomez received a kidney transplant due to her ongoing battle with Lupus. According to Raisa, Gomez almost died following the surgery telling W Magazine, “They had to take [Gomez] into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”

Tracy Morgan

Back in 2010 Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan received a kidney transplant from his ex-girlfriend Tanisha Hall. Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996 after years of struggling with alcohol abuse. With his consent, many of his own troubles were incorporated within 30 Rock episodes.“My first season on ’30 Rock,’ I wasn’t taking the disease seriously,” he said. “Then one day I got really sick. The doctor was like, ‘Hey, listen, we may have to take your foot.’ That was it for me. Now I take my insulin every day. My blood sugar doesn’t get over 120.”

Alonzo Mourning

Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning underwent a kidney transplant in December 2003. Mourning, known as Zo, found out during a routine doctors visit that he had a life-threatening kidney disease. His estranged cousin Jason Cooper, whom he had not spoken to in 25 years, was the donor. In 2004 Mourning decided to return to the NBA and later retired in 2009.

George Lopez

Comedian and former late-night host George Lopez underwent a kidney transplant in 2005. Lopez has a genetic disorder that led to his kidney disease. His doctors told him in April 2004 that he was going to require an organ transplant but he postponed the operation until finishing the fourth season of George Lopez. In 2005, his wife Ann donated one of her kidneys to Lopez. The couple is now divorced.

 

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