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Freddy Fender Leaves Hospital

January 31, 2002

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Musician Freddy Fender has been released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week ago.

Fender, the 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner, underwent the two-hour surgery at University Hospital Jan. 24. He was released on Wednesday.

Marla Huerta Garcia of Jacksonville, Fla., Fender’s 21-year-old daughter, donated one of her kidneys for her father. She was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Fender has had problems with diabetes and hepatitis C and had been undergoing kidney dialysis for more than a year.

``Mr. Fender’s recovery has gone exactly to the text book,″ said hospital spokeswoman Leni Kirkman. ``Freddy was tired, but in excellent spirits as he left the hospital with his wife and son.″

Doctors say Fender’s recovery is going well and he should be able to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 27.

Fender, whose real name is Baldemar Huerta, is known for the 1970s hits ``Before the Next Teardrop Falls″ and ``Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.″

This year, Fender is nominated for a Grammy for best Latin pop album for his latest effort, ``La Musica de Baldemar Huerta″.

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