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'Idol' Hospitalized Contestant Stays On Show

2/25/2011 9:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Casey Abrams ...  the "American Idol" finalist who was hospitalized Wednesday ... will stay on the show ... TMZ has learned.

Casey Abrams Hospital Update

As we first reported, Casey was hospitalized Wednesday after complaining of severe stomach pains.  He received a blood transfusion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning, and was released about an hour ago.

Casey has now done two rehearsals for the taping tonight -- featuring the top 12 male finalists.

A source connected with the show tells TMZ Casey will not have to return to the hospital.


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31.

Areader    

Your pathetic christovercame!

1243 days ago
32.

Fresno has PLENTY of pretty, available women.    

His brother still lives in Fresno.

1243 days ago
33.

Brooke    

15. Every year, someone in the top 24 pulls the hospital card. And you can never say they planned it, but sometimes you wonder...

Posted at 5:08 PM on Feb 25, 2011 by skylift

Or the jail card. :P

1243 days ago
34.

donC    

JLo you talk to much say what you have to say without the I;m me talking to you ego get real. If you feel offended sorry but you where once a stuggling singer right!

1243 days ago
35.

Lisa    

I LOVE YOU HARVEY!!!

1243 days ago
36.

Meg    

I know for a fact that Casey was not pulling a stunt. He would never do something like that. It is not in his character, and he is luckily alright.

Kick ass Casey!!!!
<3

1243 days ago
37.

Kelly    

stomach pains / blood transfusion / released > huh?

Is he a kidney patient on dialysis or something?
What's up with that, seems odd on the surface without knowing his full medical history that is, please explain or correct TMZ.

1243 days ago
38.

kr    

Don't jump to conclusions.. lots of things require blood transfusions like anemia or other diseases like sickle cell require a lot of transfusions with no hospital time.

1243 days ago
39.

kelly    

Does anyone know what exactly was wrong? No one has mentioned what caused him to need a blood transusion.

1242 days ago
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AmyB    

First of all, I certainly hope he is okay and getting better from his ailment. As for needing a blood transfusion, without all the facts my guess would be either a bleeding ulcer, ulcerative colitis or crohns disease. All three serious conditions can cause bleeding to the extent of needing a transfusion if left unchecked (which could have happened during the stress and hours of Hollywood/Vegas week). In addition, all three conditions are also exacerbated by stress in many sufferers. Clearly the contestants are put under severe stress during the process in addition to lack of sleep and potentially poor diet. Since the aforementioned are chronic conditions, two of which are considered auto-immune disease, and he's probably been able to live a fairly normal life with them it's NOT actually impossible to receive the transfusion, receive the medications he needs to lessen the symptoms and return to work. I wouldn't say it's the best advice...but given the stakes involved he probably made the determination it was worth the risk and signed release papers with the understanding that he may be putting himself at further risk. Just my guess based on my own health issues.

1242 days ago
41.

sandee    

a blood transfusion for a stomach pains!!! Next we'll hear he is hospitalized because he got bad blood...I don't buy any of it.

1237 days ago
42.

ramir    

He's a great musician and evenly great singer as well. i love this guy, in an artist point of view of course!

1235 days ago
43.

DIANA HALLEY    

GLAD TOO HEAR HE'S BETTER. GREAT VOICE LOVE IT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

1231 days ago
44.

Just Me    

Joe's Place Blog states that he is suffering from a bleeding ulcer. This is the 2nd time he's been hospitalized during the show.

1230 days ago
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Kerry    

Casey....Hang in there....I am in a NY hospital at this moment recovering from MAJOR abdominal surgery (no picnic at all here) for ulcerative colitis. ANYONE who does not comprehend the seriousness and debilitation this disease can cause needs to SHUT their mouth this instant and keep their ignorant comments to themselves. This is an incredibly serious, chronic and debilitating disease that if NOT urgently medically controlled and treated, can become acutely life threatening and require drastic surgery to get it under control.

America.......this is NOT your ordinary stomach bug or stomach flu......it is INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE.....think blood loss, constant diarrhea and urgency, severe, crippling stomach cramps, weight loss, lack of sleep and energy, fever, malaise, extreme fatigue, anemia, increased colon cancer risk, and SEVERE drugs such as prednisone, remicade and autoimmune suppressants to try and control the symptoms (no cure for the disease at this time other than surgical removal of your entire colon). THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHERS STOMACH FLU AND IS NOT WATER COOLER DISCUSSION.

AMERICA AND AMERICAN IDOL......If you have any backbone at all and have any clue about this disease, you will not PENALIZE Casey for a disease he has no control over. You will let Casey stay and support him and better yet...how about contributing some of the money you make from is show to support finding a cure for this disease? If you cast him off........I will definitely NEVER, EVER watch another episode again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1230 days ago
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