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Olympic Skater Underwent Surgery to Remove ‘Incredibly Shocking’ Tumor

Maia Shibutani

U.S. Olympic figure skater Maia Shibutani recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor found on her kidney.

The 25-year-old athlete shared the news via Instagram on Monday.

“It’s been a really tough week,” Maia Shibutani wrote alongside a photo of herself in a hospital bed. “Back in October, I got sick and had to go to the ER while I was in New York. It ended up being a stomach virus, but they ran some tests that showed an abnormality–it was recommended that I have a follow-up appointment to take a closer look. After an MRI earlier this week in LA, I was told that I had a small mass on one of my kidneys.”

The two-time bronze medalist wrote receiving the news “has been incredibly shocking and difficult to handle.”

“I’ve been so scared, but I have had the full support of my family, doctors, and nurses,” she continued.

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It’s been a really tough week. Back in October, I got sick and had to go to the ER while I was in New York. It ended up being a stomach virus, but they ran some tests that showed an abnormality – it was recommended that I have a follow-up appointment to take a closer look. After an MRI earlier this week in LA, I was told that I had a small mass on one of my kidneys. Receiving this news has been incredibly shocking and difficult to handle. I’ve been so scared, but I have had the full support of my family, doctors, and nurses. I had surgery yesterday to remove the tumor. The surgery was successful and I was able to keep the rest of my kidney. I am in recovery at the hospital and have been in a lot of pain post-surgery, but I am grateful. My doctor said there is a 60/40 chance that the tumor was malignant versus benign (we will know soon), but I am young, healthy, and feel fortunate that this was detected so early. While this is deeply personal news, I don’t want rumors to spread, or for anyone to worry in case people say they saw me at the hospital. (Next time, just say “hi”) • I am going to try and stay positive and focus on my recovery. I appreciate all of the support and good vibes sent my way. My fingers are crossed, too. ❤️

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