Rapper Suffers Kidney Failure, Undergoes Emergency Dialysis At 37

(U.S. TABS OUT) Recording artist Freeway poses for a photo backstage during MTV's Sucker Free at the MTV Times Square Studios November 29, 2007 in New York City. *** Local Caption *** Freeway

One time labelmate to Jay-Z on Roc-A-Fella Records, hip-hop artist and Philadelphia native, Freeway,  real name Leslie Edward Pridgen, was rushed to the hospital for kidney failure, and had to go undergo emergency dialysis. The member of the group State Property said he found his kidneys were failing when he didn’t feel well and his doctor advised him to go the emergency room.

Anyone who knows what dialysis is, knows that it’s not fun. There are different types of kidney dialysis, including:

  • Hemodialysis – Blood is filtered using a dialyzer and dialysis machine.
  • Peritoneal dialysis – Blood is filtered inside the body after the abdomen is filled with a special cleaning solution.

During hemodialysis, you are hooked up to a machine that takes over the kidneys’ job of filtering blood. Before the first session, the doctor will need to create an entrance into one of your blood vessels so your body can be connected to the filtering machine during each visit. This is called a vascular access. It is a place on your body where blood can be removed and then returned.

As of Tuesday, September 9th, the rapper says he is doing much better.But Freeway is only 37 years old. How does all this happen?

Here’s 5 symptoms of kidney failure that often go ignored:

Symptom 1: Changes in Urination
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change including frequency (You may have to get up at night to urinate more), the look (Urine may be foamy or bubbly and pale), smaller amounts have dark-colored urine, your urine may contain blood, or just have difficulty urinating.

Symptom 2: Swelling
Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.