Lou Reed is on the mend after receiving a life-saving liver transplant last month. The Velvet Underground singer and solo singer had the operation in April, his wife Laurie Anderson said in a recent interview.

"I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months,” Anderson told the The Times. "He's already working and doing t'ai chi. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."

Reed (71) cancelled several shows in April including two sets at the high profile Coachella Music Festival so he could undergo surgery in Cleveland.

Anderson, who had a hit singer with O Superman in 1981 and married Reed in 2008, said that her husband choose not to have the operation in his native New York because of what she described as “dysfunctional” hospitals there.

Anderson said she was “awestruck” by the technology and coordination used to save her husband’s life.

"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,” she said. "I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring."