Freeway Reports That His Kidney Transplant Is A Success (Video)
Earlier today (February 5), Freeway underwent a successful kidney transplant in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital. Moments ago, the State Property MC and Roc Nation artist just took to social media to let everyone know that he is in good condition and thankful for the results.
“Thank y’all for all the prayers and all the support,” Free’ said in an Instagram video. “Everything went well, the surgery went well, and I’m recovering. God is good; I got the new kidney. The doctor said everything’s fine. Other than that, thank y’all, man. I really felt all the prayers. It meant a lot.”
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In a subsequent video post, Free’ pointed his phone at the surgeon who did the operation who confirmed that his high-profile patient is “doing great.”
According to the National Kidney Foundation, over 3,000 patients are added to the kidney waiting list every month. As of 2016, more than 120,000 people are on the waiting list. In that report, on average, patients wait 3.6 years for their first transplant, depending on their age and condition. More than 17,000 transplants took place in 2014, many from deceased donors.
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The MC born Leslie Pridgen was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2015. In 2016, The Baltimore Sun reported that the Philadelphia resident was receiving his treatment at the local MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Last month, he claimed on IG that he was “one step closer to receiving a new kidney” in a post with several pictures of him signing paperwork and posing with the surgeon who performed his transplant.
Musically, Freeway released Think Free in June of 2018. The release marked a return to Roc Nation after nearly a decade of working with independent labels including Rhymesayers, Babygrande, and Man Bites Dog. On the latest LP, a song titled “All Falls Down” finds Freeway reflecting on his kidney disease diagnosis, hospitalization, and its implications on his circle.
During an interview with Ambrosia For Heads soon after the LP was released, he talks about the track and his unfortunate diagnosis. “As soon as I got out of the hospital, I was writing,” he said. “It’s just real. I talk about what I went through and how people just appeared from my life that was there every day when I got sick. It’s real heartfelt, and I feel as though people are gonna love it.”
Last November, SoulQuarians member Roy Hargrove, Jr. died from kidney failure. In 2016, P.M. Dawn’s Prince Be passed away from Renal Kidney Disease. Phife Dawg, who died of complicates related to diabetes in early 2016, received a transplant in 2008. After receiving a kidney from his wife, Phife was back on the waiting list to receive a second transplant.
AFH extends well wishes to Freeway, his family, and team.