Bijou Phillips Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant, Husband Danny Masterson Shares Touching Hospital Photo

Actress Bijou Phillips has finally received a life-saving kidney transplant after being rushed to hospital in February, with TMZ reporting at the time that she was transported to a Santa Barbara, California hospital after “feeling sick” and experiencing a sudden fever spike.

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Phillips’ rep addressed concerns over her health in a statement, confirming that the 36-year-old actress was, indeed, awaiting a new kidney. “Bijou was born with small kidneys and has been quietly dealing with kidney disease for the last five years, including being on the transplant list,” her rep told People. “In an effort to heal her body she has led a stress-free life with a vegan diet, which eventually wasn’t enough and she’s been privately having dialysis. She recently found out one of her friends is a match and is optimistic that she will have a transplant soon.”

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On Apr. 7, Masterson posted a photo on Instagram indicating that Phillips had finally received a transplant, with a beaming Phillips in a hospital bed next to her kidney donor.

“My lady has been slowing dying for the past 7 years of an incurable kidney disease,” writes Masterson in the caption. “She was given the gift of an encore by a tall angel. Our daughter will have a mother. We do not take lightly how incredibly fortunate we are. 100% successful transplant. Now the real work begins for her to silence any chance of rejection. Our deepest gratitude to a perfect transplant team. And a life owed to a tall drink of water. Sláinte!”

“Sláinte,” in case you’re wondering, is a Gaelic word that loosely translates to “good health.”

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