Geto Boys‘ Scarface has revealed he’s on dialysis due to kidney failure, a result of complications from COVID-19.
The rapper gave an update on his health in a Zoom chat with Willie D that was uploaded to YouTube this week.
“I’m glad to be alive,” Scarface admitted, just before saying he relapsed after going to the hospital. He first talked about his coronavirus diagnosis on March 26.
“I fought COVID double bilateral pneumonia — both lungs — and kidney failure in my house,” he explained. “I went back to the hospital. I just got out of the hospital Monday [April 20].”
Showing Willie D his dialysis port, he said, “That’s my new lifeline.”
“I gotta change my entire diet, I gotta do dialysis four days a week, three hours a day. That’s taking all my blood out, cleaning it and putting it back in my body,” explained Scarface, who says he did not have any kidney issues before testing positive for COVID-19.
Describing the symptoms he’s experienced fighting the virus, he said: “I couldn’t keep food down, I couldn’t get comfortable, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t stay woke, I could not breathe. It was the worst time of my life.” He also lost “probably 30 pounds.”
“Hanging on that string of death makes you really appreciate life,” Scarface said. “I was inches away from death.”
See his full update — in which he discusses how he’s doing and also stresses how much his disagrees with Georgia starting to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic — below.