Lou Reed Saved by Liver Transplant, Says His Wife

June 1, 2013

Lou ReedNew York rock legend Lou Reed is currently recovering after undergoing a life-saving operation for a liver transplant in early May, his wife Laurie Anderson has revealed.

Reed, 71, was close to death before major surgery last month. He had canceled five concert dates in April, which included two sets at the Coachella festival, in California.

Laurie Anderson told The Times of London “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun, a big surgery, which went very well.”

The couple chose transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland, rather than those in the couple’s home city of New York because what Anderson described as the “dysfunctional” hospitals in his home town. She said “The Cleveland clinic is massive. They have the best results for heart, liver and kidney transplants.”

Laurie said “When you’ve been with someone for a long time, it’s almost like it’s happening to you because of the empathy between partners.” Lou and Laurie have been together for more than 20 years but got married in 2008. “This is no longer an operation that is life threatening. They put it [the new liver] in immediately and it started to work immediately. Every week it gets better,” she said.

Anderson expressed doubts that Reed will “totally recover” but she confirmed that he will be back to work on some music in the next few months. “He’s already working and doing t’ai chi. I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him.”

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