Drumline actor Nick Cannon made headlines over the Christmas holidays when his wife Mariah Carey tweeted a pic of herself lying in a hospital bed with her recovering hubby stating, “Please pray for Nick as he’s fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. #mybraveman.”
So what really happened?
It turns out that the America’s Got Talent host spent a hectic Christmas in Aspen, Colorado where his 8-month-old twins Moroccan and Monroe as well as his wife came down with colds. As a result, Nick stepped up to the plate and took care of his ailing family.
“I was trying to be Superman and I hadn’t slept for maybe four days because I was taking care of the kids,” he comments. “Two days before New Year’s, I started to feel this horrible pain in my back.”
When Mariah discovered her husband lying on the floor in excruciating pain, she called the doctor and he was admitted for testing.
The doctor’s initial diagnosis was first possible kidney stones and then they thought it could be an actual kidney infection. However, further testing revealed that it was something more severe.
“They did some more tests … and — it took a day or two — and they were like, ‘We think it’s a little more serious than a kidney infection. We’re going to keep you in the hospital. You need to stay here.’”
Several days later, the doctors delivered the reasoning behind Nick’s pain.
“They came and told me that my kidneys aren’t functioning. Not just one — not the one that was in pain — both both of them weren’t functioning right,” he said, later explaining what happened. “My immune system started to attack my kidneys … And my kidneys pretty much failed.”
He was transferred to a local Los Angeles, Calif. hospital and once his condition improved he was sent him home. However, he ended up heading back to the hospital after his kidney pain returned.
Since then, Nick has fully recovered and says he is appreciating life with his family.
“I’ve got to go back [to the doctor] a couple more times,” he says. “But I’m fine. I’m totally recovered.”
We are very happy to hear Nick is healthy once again!