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Phillip Phillips

Surgery POSTPONED

5/29/2012 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phillip Phillips
will NOT have kidney surgery today as scheduled, because he's burning up with a fever ... TMZ has learned.

As we first reported, Phillip has a serious congenital kidney condition that produces kidney stones so large they cannot pass.  The condition has virtually debilitated his right kidney -- requiring 8 prior surgeries.

Phillip has had a flare-up through almost the entire "American Idol" competition, requiring a stent that was surgically inserted two months ago -- causing the singer extreme and continuous pain.

We're told Phillip now has a bad sinus infection that has triggered a high fever.  As a result surgeons will not operate.

We're told the surgery has been rescheduled for early next week.

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73 COMMENTS

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1.

Alice    

Couldn't they give him apple cider vinegar in water? That breaks up stones and keeps them away...

874 days ago
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harleyharlett    

poor guy, i hope e didn't wait so long it caused kidney damage, but you gottta give it to him, not many ppl could have toughed it out and performed every week like he did

874 days ago
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Truth    

DO WE CARE??? THIS DUDE IS A QUACK! NEXT. BA-BYYYYYEEEE. #TRUTH!!

874 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Ouch Ouch, Phillip Phillips!

874 days ago
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Carl    

I thought this surgery was such an emergency that his doctors wanted him to drop out of AI. Yet somehow it was just fine to wait a week after the finale to schedule the surgery. Maybe the doctors they should worry less about their Memorial Day Weekend plans and get him in the very next day.

874 days ago
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REALbarbwire7    

Please get better very soon. We are waiting for you....as long as it takes. xo

874 days ago
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Paula    

His girlfriend tweeted last week that it has not been scheduled yet - don't believe what you read here.

874 days ago
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jack-55d79    

I wonder if carrying on doing something in extreme pain has any side-effects and whether it's tempting to take more painkillers than would be required for resting.

874 days ago
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LCS27    

Hope he gets bettter. But...is it really relevant, TMZ? How much Nigel is paying you?

874 days ago
10.

LadyN    

Poor kid. I hope he gets the surgery soon and starts his recovery.

874 days ago
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Jackie    

I hope everything goes well....I can't wait to hear your voice.

874 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

In a year nobody will even remember his name or know who he is just like most of the "winners" from years gone by.

874 days ago
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Michelle    

This poor guy. He's been in such pain for so long, yet continued on with his dream to win AI. I totally love and admire him and he's in my prayers.

874 days ago
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buzz kill    

That sucks. You have to admire his grit and determination. Hope he does OK.

874 days ago
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harv    

I hope he takes care of his health first and foremost, because 6 months from now" no one will remember who he is, like most people that win American Idol. Seems to me only those that dont win, make it to the top.

874 days ago
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