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Lou Reed Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery
Monday, June 3, 2013
Lou Reed Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery
Lou Reed is recovering after undergoing a liver transplant last month, according to Rolling Stone. Reed's wife since 2008, musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson, told The Times Of London, "It's as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don't get it for fun. . . I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months. He's already working and doing t'ai chi. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."
 
She went on to shed some light on the transplant process: "You send out two planes -- one for the donor, one for the recipient -- at the same time. You bring the donor in live, you take him off life support. It's a technological feat. I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring."
 
Anderson told the paper that Reed chose to have the operation done at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic rather than in Manhattan due to the "dysfunctional" state of hospitals in New York, explaining: "Fortunately we can outsource like corporations. It's medical tourism. The Cleveland Clinic is massive. They have the best results for heart, liver and kidney transplants. Whenever I get discouraged about how stupid technology is and how greedy and stupid Americans are, I go to the Cleveland clinic because the people there are genuinely very kind and very smart."
 
Lou Reed's last album was the critically panned 2011 collaboration with Metallica, Lulu.

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