'American Idol' Champion Had Eight Operations During Run on the Show People

The "American Idol" winner had eight operations during the show's season, reports, citing the new champion’s father.

Phillip Phillips, who has been battling chronic kidney problems, suffered from a buildup of kidney stones and had multiple operations to remove them, the story says.

Within the next few weeks, the 21-year-old will have another surgery to reconstruct his kidneys. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for the "Idols Live" tour.

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