Ice Skater Maia Shibutani Reveals She Just Had Kidney Surgery To Remove Tumor

Ice Skater Maia Shibutani Reveals She Just Had Kidney Surgery To Remove Tumor

Maia Shibutani just revealed some startling news – she just had surgery on her kidney!

The 25-year-old Olympic medalist shared a photo of herself in a hospital bed and detailed her journey over the past few months, from finding out about a mass, to getting the tumor removed.

“It’s been a really tough week. Back in October, I got sick and had to go to the ER while I was in New York. It ended up being a stomach virus, but they ran some tests that showed an abnormality – it was recommended that I have a follow-up appointment to take a closer look,” Maia wrote. “After an MRI earlier this week in LA, I was told that I had a small mass on one of my kidneys.
Receiving this news has been incredibly shocking and difficult to handle. I’ve been so scared, but I have had the full support of my family, doctors, and nurses.”

“I had surgery yesterday to remove the tumor. The surgery was successful and I was able to keep the rest of my kidney,” she added. “I am in recovery at the hospital and have been in a lot of pain post-surgery, but I am grateful. My doctor said there is a 60/40 chance that the tumor was malignant versus benign (we will know soon), but I am young, healthy, and feel fortunate that this was detected so early.”

“While this is deeply personal news, I don’t want rumors to spread, or for anyone to worry in case people say they saw me at the hospital. (Next time, just say “hi”) • I am going to try and stay positive and focus on my recovery. I appreciate all of the support and good vibes sent my way. My fingers are crossed, too. ❤️,” Maia concluded.

We are so glad to hear that Maia is doing better and we wish her a healthy recovery!

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