Did singer Natalie Cole get priority for a kidney transplant?

Forbes reports that singer "Natalie Cole bypassed thousands of people to get an organ." Excerpt:

"There are nearly 80,000 people on the wait list for a kidney transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. So how did Natalie Cole, the Grammy-award winning singer, receive an organ on May 26, bypassing thousands of people?

It doesn't hurt that Cole drummed up public sympathy by appearing on Larry King to discuss her time of need, which yielded thousands of offers. (She ended up getting a transplant from a deceased donor match.) It may seem outlandish but it's nothing out of the norm -- the phenomenon was recently mocked on an episode of 30 Rock that detailed a "Kidney Now" benefit."

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