Yesterday, in a shocking turn of events, actor Kim Ji Soo was rushed into the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Sources close to the actor have revealed that while Ji Soo had visited the hospital multiple times previously (for leg pain), it was not until the day before the emergency surgery that he underwent a detailed check-up. However, even before getting the results, Ji Soo was rushed to the hospital due to the urgency of his symptoms. 

On September 13, Kim Ji Soo was taken to the hospital after suffering from a high fever and extreme leg pain, doctors revealed that he had acute osteomyelitis and needed emergency surgery.

The president of Kim Ji Soo's agency, Yeo Jun Yeong wrote, “Since several weeks ago Ji Soo’s leg was hurting so he went to a hospital to get treatment and examinations and the doctor said it might be bone cancer. We went to a larger hospital to get a diagnostic work-up to be sure. The results will be available after the Chuseok holiday but his condition had worsened to the point where he needed painkillers and a wheelchair. In the end, his fever rose close to 40 degrees Celsius (approximately 104 degrees Fahrenheit) so he was admitted to a hospital before the sun rose. People from the hospital hurriedly did a body scan and confirmed that it was acute osteomyelitis thankfully and not cancer upon checking the MRI.”

He continued, “Osteomyelitis is also a painful and scary disease but it was less bad news since we had been praying for it to not be cancer. He had a long surgery which ended around 9 p.m. yesterday and I was able to meet him.”

The president concluded, “We have to observe his progress but we are thankful that this is a hardship he can overcome. I am deeply thankful to the medical team who did their best. We are in discussion regarding the current projects he is filming in order to find a solution that causes the least inconvenience. However, we will focus on doing our best to console Ji Soo’s family and take care of Ji Soo so that he can recover. We are sorry to those who were shocked after seeing the news and causing them to worry before the holiday.”

According to the Mayo clinic, osteomyelitis is an infection in a bone. Infections can reach a bone by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Infections can also begin in the bone itself if an injury exposes the bone to germs. Once considered an incurable condition, osteomyelitis can be successfully treated today. Most people require surgery to remove parts of the bone that have died — followed by strong antibiotics, often delivered intravenously, typically for at least four to six weeks.

(Ji Soo's Instagram) 

Currently Ji Soo is recovering from his surgery and being carefully watched over at the hospital. To reassure Ji Soo's fans, Yeo Jun Yeong also posted a photo of Ji Soo, which was taken when he received his examination.

While we hope Ji Soo will recover quickly and no longer be in pain, questions as to what his hospitalization will mean for Ji Soo's current drama, Fantastic have begun to arise.

In response to this concern, the production staff of Fantastic have gone on record to state, “We will have to watch over Ji Soo’s condition but there will be no actor replacements. We will gather our wisdom in continuing the drama without being too extreme and will wait until Ji Soo recovers and is able to return to filming.”

They went on to reassure fans that, “We will inevitably revise the script as time passes, so there is no need for a replacement.”

Ji Soo's other current drama Scarlet Heart: Ryeo will not be affected as it was pre-produced and he is done filming. 

Let's wish for Ji Soo's quick and full recovery! 

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