‘American Idol’ Winner Phillip Phillips To Undergo Urgent Kidney Surgery
The 21-year-old will undergo a procedure to reconstruct his kidney following a build up of kidney stones in his system. According to TMZ, the condition had worsened during the competition but the Georgia-native refused treatment until after his run.
But this is not the first time Phillips will be going into surgery for his kidney problem…
Phillips’ father, also named Phillip Phillips, said his son has already underwent eight operation since auditioning for Idol.
“He’s been doing [well], but it’s just grueling hours and it’s just amazing what he’s done through the journey,” the singer’s dad told People at the show’s after party. “Eight operations since we started American Idol … He’s hitting 50 percent, but he’s still up there swinging away.”
“The recovery’s probably two to four weeks,” the elder Phillips added. “He’s healthy, he’s good. His kidneys are good. I can’t wait for America and the whole world to see him [after his surgery], because he’s a big cut-up. He’s going to have some fun.”
Young Phillips, who took home the title of Idol’s season 11 winner this week, is said to make a full recovery in time for the show’s annual live tour after following the operation.