By John McDevitt

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Entertainer Bobby Rydell is expected to be released later today from a center city hospital.  The ’60s teen idol underwent life saving organ transplants.

“Frankie Avalon called me the other day — he went to church, prayed,” Rydell said.

Bobby Rydell, 70, was counting his blessings.

“It’s truly a miracle,” he said.

Bobby Rydell, whose real name is Robert Ridarelli, needed a new liver and kidney.  His doctor was not expecting him to live much longer without transplant surgery.

“Maybe a month,” Rydell recalls.

rydelldoc  mcdev Bobby Rydell Recovering From Organ Transplant Surgery

(Bobby Rydell chats with his doctor at Jefferson Hospital following liver-kidney transplant surgery. Credit: John McDevitt)


The surgery took place last week.  Dr. Cataldo Doria is the director of the division of transplantation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

“This was a particularly special transplant because we were able to divide the one liver and give a portion of the liver to a pediatric recipient and give the larger portion to Mr. Ridarelli.”

Several other adults also received organs from the donor.

“The doctor and I we are going to work and make people aware of organ donorship.  It’s very, very important,” Rydell said. “It’s the gift of life.”

Top Content On CBSPhilly

More From CBS Philly

Latest Videos
Latest Forecast

Watch & Listen LIVE