According to TMZ, American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips is forgoing his New York City victory tour to go under the knife on Tuesday:
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will get badly-needed surgery for a bum kidney on Tuesday, and he’ll be recuperating in style in a swanky Malibu mansion … TMZ has learned.
As we first reported, Phillip endured immense pain during the entire competition … the result of a congenital kidney stone problem that has already resulted in 8 surgeries. He’s been living with kidney stones that are so big they can’t pass through his system.
Doctors inserted a stent into Phillip’s kidney 7 weeks ago, as a temporary fix, but the pain borders on unbearable. In fact, when Phillip went home to Georgia a week ago, his doctor urged him to throw in the towel and get the surgery immediately, but Phillip said no.
So we’ve learned the surgery will take place Tuesday afternoon.
The sooner he gets the surgery, the faster the Idol machine can get him back to work. Of course, it will also end the discomfort he has been in for months. Also, if he gets the surgery this week he should be healed up in time for the start of the Idol tour in July.
ETA: Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet are both headed for New York City this week, They are scheduled to appear on Live with Kelly on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also Jessica Sanchez will perform in the Today Show studios on May 31 (Phillip was originally scheduled with Jessica).