Jeremih Suffered Memory Loss, Organ Failure During COVID-19 Battle
By Hayden Brooks
December 17, 2020
During his joint interview with Chance the Rapper to promote their holiday album, Merry Christmas Lil Mama, the R&B singer, 33, detailed his fight against coronavirus with Sway, admitting that he had to learn how to walk and eat again after contracting a rare case of the respiratory virus. "It definitely is real and I didn’t take it for granted and truth be told, I’m a living, walking testimony. I was really down bad for the last month, month and a half while I was in there. I don’t even remember the day I went in. That’s how messed up it was," he explained.
Unfortunately, Jeremih doesn't recall too much from the experience while he was admitted to Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His mother came to visit him but was not allowed due to facility restrictions. Thankfully, Chance was able to "make some calls" and grant her access. "I had a tube down my throat for about a week and a half. I was really like in a dream. I woke up like two times and all I remember is just seeing a white light," he recalled of the photos his mother shared with him. He has been staying with her to rest up for the remainder of 2020.
Amid his fight, the singer developed "multiple inflammatory syndrome," which was prompted by the virus and caused all of his organs to become inflamed. "My heart started beating irregularly and my kidneys went out, my liver started to clear and go bad. Mind you, I didn’t know what was going on at the time. I was out," he continued.
After being discharged from the ICU after a week and a half later, the singer focused on relearning basic skills like walking and eating. "Mind you, I’ve never been to a hospital in my entire life either, not for a broken bone, not for nothing. So just to be in there I look at it as a blessing. As crazy as it might sound, I needed to sit down. I needed to take a break," he confessed. "It's been 13 years since I’ve been me, to the world Jeremih. And it’s been one long party, I ain’t gon’ lie to you. A lot of the things now I don’t take for granted. But sometimes you have to have a setback in order for the big payback."
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