Bijou Phillips is in need of a kidney transplant having been “quietly dealing” with kidney disease for the past five years.
The 36-year-old actress – who is the youngest child of the late John Phillips – was reportedly rushed to a Santa Barbara hospital on Wednesday (15.02.17) after she suffering from a blood infection which left her with a high temperature and a feeling of sickness, according to TMZ.com.
A representative for the ‘Almost Famous’ actress confirmed the star has been “privately having dialysis” – a treatment which removes waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly – after being “born with small kidneys.”
Jenni Weinman told the publication: “Bijou was born with small kidneys and has been quietly dealing with kidney disease for the last 5 years, including being on the transplant list.
“In an effort to heal her body she has led a stress free life with a vegan diet which eventually wasn’t enough and she’s been privately having dialysis.”
The representative also claimed Bijou – who is married to ‘That 70s Show’ star Danny Masterson – had recently found a friend who “is a match”, and so could receive a transplant operation soon.
Jenni continued: “Bijou recently found out she has a friend that is a match and is optimistic she will have a transplant soon.”
The ‘Hostel: Part II’ actress is now said to be in a stable condition, and her husband – whom she wed in 2011 and with whom she shares two-year-old daughter Fianna Francis – is by her side as she remains in hospital.