After secretly battling a rare kidney condition for years, Bijou Phillips has finally received the lifesaving gift of a new kidney and is now recovering from her transplant.
After the star's successful surgery, husband Danny Masterson took to Instagram to talk about his wife's harrowing journey and to thank the "angel" who gave his wife "the gift of an encore," reports the Daily Mail.
The That '70s Show star posted a black-and-white picture of Phillips and her donor holding hands across hospital beds, coupled with a caption that read, "100% successful transplant. Now the real work begins."
His caption read, "My lady has been slowing dying for the past 7 years of an incurable kidney disease."
My lady has been slowing dying for the past 7 years of an incurable kidney disease. She was given the gift of an encore by a tall angel. Our daughter will have a mother. We do not take lightly how incredibly fortunate we are. 100% successful transplant. Now the real work begins for her to silence any chance of rejection. Our deepest gratitude to a perfect transplant team. And a life owed to a tall drink of water. Sláinte!
Miraculously, one of Phillips' friends was a match for the star and was ready to make the life changing decision to be an organ donor.
Masterson thanked "the amazing person who donated their kidney to Bijou," saying that his wife was "given the gift of an encore by a tall angel."
He continued: "We do not take lightly how incredibly fortunate we are. 100% successful transplant.
"Now the real work begins for her to silence any chance of rejection," wrote the New York native.
Masterson's worries are not unfounded. According to the Mayo Clinic, kidney recipients have about a four percent chance of transplant failure or complications one year after surgery, with the stat ramping up to 21% (over one-fifth) after five years.
In mid-March, the Raising Hope actress was ecstatic when she revealed she "finally [had her] OR date for next week" via Instagram.
I finally have my OR date for next week, and I'm so excited to get this kidney transplant!!! I have been waiting for this day to come for a long time... My donor is a dream come true, such an amazing guy, so kind, he blows me away everyday! Three years ago he heard people where getting checked and he called, but he kept calling and going in and getting tested! He rolled with the punches from day one and the struggles to get insurance to approve it. It's been a wild ride. Fate finds you, he is a perfect match... Dialysis has been a blessing, and also extremely hard, I got an infection and am on my second catheter. This is major surgery, FSGS is scary, but I'm soooo intensely Grateful for my husband, my daughter, our Family! And my dream come true Donor... This is gonna be such an amazing birthday coming up! A new birth... New start! Here is to good health, and gratitude... #FSGS #transplant #newkidney #livingdonor #shareyourspare
"I have been waiting for this day to come for a long time... My donor is a dream come true, such an amazing guy, so kind, he blows me away everyday!"
The Choke star revealed that her amazing donor had stayed by her side for three years, undergoing countless tests, battling insurance, and "rolling with the punches."
"It's been a wild ride. Fate finds you, he is a perfect match," wrote the starlet.
Masterson and his family first opened up about his wife's condition in February, when the star was rushed to a Santa Barbara hospital after suffering from a blood infection that left her feeling sick and experiencing an increased fever.
A rep for the couple shared that Phillips "was born with small kidneys" and that she had been "quietly dealing with [the] disease for the last five years, including being on the transplant list."
Phillips and Masterson, who are both Scientologists, married in Ireland after eight years together. They welcomed daughter Fianna Francis in 2014.