In 2015, Freeway announced he was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease which the highest level of chronic kidney disease that affects the organs’ ability to purify the body’s blood. He entered a continuous journey of hemodialysis in order to keep his kidneys functioning. Now, he’s received the green light to attain a new kidney, a process that has been a long time coming for the “What We Do” rapper.
In a statement issued to The Source, Freeway’s management team confirmed the rapper’s surgery on Tuesday (Feb. 5) was a success. “He is now in recovery,” the statement reads. “He thanks you all for your prayers!!!” On Freeway’s end, he posted a video to his Instagram account of him prepping for surgery at the hospital. “I’m going under now!” he wrote. “Thanks for all the love & support! Pray for me!!”
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In an interview with Okayplayer, Freeway discussed how his life changed once he was diagnosed and how it also affected his loved ones. “It was drastic for my family,” he said. “It was something that we all weren’t expecting. When I got the diagnosis, the first thing I did was go to the masjid, pray and ask God to help me with whatever the situation is.”
Since this time, Freeway has been involved with organizations dedicated to assisting those with conditions like his, including the National Kidney Foundation and the American Kidney Fund. In 2016, the National Kidney Foundation reported that African Americans make up over 35 percent of those who use dialysis to treat kidney failure. Health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can contribute to kidney failure as well.