Phillip Phillips has not only been pushing through round after round of American Idol, but he's also been battling constant pain.
He has kidney stones that should've been operated on weeks ago but he didn't want to drop out of American Idol.
His father said:
"He’s doing good right now, but it’s been a long hard struggle for him. I’m so proud of him. He just sucked it up and endured and he overcomes."
It's so amazing he won it while in serious pain; imagine how he would have destroyed it if he was totally healthy!
His mother chimed in:
"That’s our baby and we’re just so happy that he made it through!"
So now that he's made it through… what's next? His dad continued:
"He’s got to have reconstructive surgery on his kidney. That’s why he has a stint in him. He’s had a surgery since he started American Idol already to get through. That’s why they put the stint in him [so they] could keep his kidney functioning good. Physically he’s in good shape. He said it’s painful wearing the stint. That’s why you see him moving like an old man. He can’t move. I can’t wait until he has his surgery and he recovered and ya’ll see him 100%."
What's crazy is his kidney stones don't come as a surprise to the rest of his family.
His dad said:
"I've had them. Where we live at is like the kidney stone capital of the world. It’s in the water."
That's terrible! Well now that Phillip is the true American Idol champion, he can move away to somewhere where the water isn't full of kidney stones!
We know that's not how kidney stones work. LOLz!
Congrats, Phillip and feel better!!
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