“Idol’s” Phillips had 8 kidney surgeries during show

by Blogburger on May 28, 2012

Winner Phillips poses in the backroom after the 11th season finale of "American Idol" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips had kidney surgery eight times during his journey to victory, his father revealed after Wednesday's finale. And he's not done with the doctors just yet. Phillips was plagued by kidney stones as he strummed and sang his way to the "Idol" title, though his chronic health issues nearly knocked him out of the running. His many trips under the knife over the course of the competition enabled him to stick it out and clinch the win, but he's gearing up for yet another operation in coming days – this one to reconstruct his kidneys. …



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