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Posted : 2007-12-09 18:57
Updated : 2007-12-09 18:57

Singer Kim Suffers From Rare Disease


Singer Kim Kyung-ho
By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Rock singer Kim Kyung-ho has been diagnosed with a rare disease called avascular necrosis of the femoral head. The disease causes bone destruction in the femur due to poor blood circulation in the area, which can result in pathological fractures.

The 36-year old singer, who just released his ninth album `Infinity,'' remains hopeful. ``I have faith. It is hope that helped me release my ninth album,'' Kim said in an interview.

According to medical experts, people in their 30s to 50s can suffer from the disease. If the disease worsens, the hip joint may be destroyed permanently.

``I was planning to undergo surgery that would insert an artificial joint, but I decided to take medication to regenerate my cartilages first. Hopefully I'll be able to recover fully. I'm starting to feel a little better'' he said.

Kim could not sit down for long periods of time just a while ago, but now the singer can perform on stage. He discovered the problem while he was shooting the music video for his eighth album.

``I suffered `singer's nodules' during my seventh album, but I got better and released my eighth. But then I had to stop performing because of my leg. Being a person who enjoys energetic performances on stage, it came as a shock to me. I went through dismay and despondence,'' Kim said. Despite all the negative thoughts, Kim never gave up.

``When I had problems with my vocal chords, I told myself I could sing using my other muscles. It is my job to fight this disease, and the ninth album is just proof that shows I will overcome it soon,'' he said smiling.

The singer of hit songs such as ``Forbidden Love'' and ``People Who Make Me Sad,'' will continue his musical journey with his new song ``Habit'' from his recent album.

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