UPDATE: American Idol champ Phillip Phillips was scheduled to have kidney surgery Tuesday, but now he can’t — because he’s too sick.
TMZ reports that Phillip was going to go under the knife to correct his congenital kidney condition, which has required eight previous surgeries, but he can’t because he’s developed a bad sinus infection. That, in turn, has caused his temperature to soar, and surgeons won’t operate on him in that condition. The surgery has now been rescheduled for early next week.
(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol winner Phillip Phillips was in pain for much of the competition, even disregarding doctor’s orders to immediately seek help for a condition that affected his right kidney. On Tuesday, the singer will go in for surgery to address the congenital condition, TMZ reports.
An Idol executive has opened his California estate to Phillips and his parents as a place for the singer to recuperate post-surgery.
Phillips has already endured eight surgeries during Idol for the condition that causes kidney stones to repeatedly grow so large that they cannot pass through his system. As a temporary fix, seven weeks ago doctors inserted a stent in Phillips’ kidney, but the often-unbearable pain persisted. At one point, Phillips told People magazine he even considered quitting the competition because of his health issue.
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