Bijou Phillips Recuperating After '100% Successful' Kidney Transplant: 'Our Daughter Will Have a Mother'
Bijou Phillips is on the mend.
The actress has received a kidney transplant after suffering from a kidney disease and undergoing dialysis — and the surgery was “100% successful.”
Phillips’ husband, That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, posted an Instagram photo to give an update on his wife’s health and thanking the man who saved her life.
“My lady has been slowing dying for the past 7 years of an incurable kidney disease. She was given the gift of an encore by a tall angel. Our daughter will have a mother. We do not take lightly how incredibly fortunate we are. 100% successful transplant,” he wrote. “Now the real work begins for her to silence any chance of rejection. Our deepest gratitude to a perfect transplant team. And a life owed to a tall drink of water. Sláinte!”
In the image, Phillips is seen holding hands with her unidentified kidney donor while lying in a hospital bed.
In February, the actress announced that she was in need of a transplant after being born with “small kidneys.”
“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,” her rep told PEOPLE at the time. “She recently found out one of her friends is a match and is optimistic that she will have a transplant soon.”
Ahead of her surgery, Phillips posted a lengthy Instagram message, thanking her donor for giving her a second chance at life.
“I have been waiting for this day to come for a long time,” she wrote. “Dialysis has been a blessing, and also extremely hard, I got an infection and am on my second catheter. This is major surgery, FSGS is scary, but I’m soooo intensely Grateful for my husband, my daughter, our Family!”
The 36-year-old actress has kept a low profile when it comes her film work, most recently appearing on the small screen in 2013 in the TV series Raising Hope.
She shares a daughter with Masterson, 3-year-old Fianna Francis.