BTS K-Pop Star Jimin Recovers From Appendicitis And Covid-19
K-pop sensation Jimin was hospitalized with acute appendicitis after experiencing abdominal pain and a sore throat. The BTS member underwent successful surgery on Monday morning (January 30), but received a positive Covid PCR test while hospitalized.
Jimin is still in hospital, receiving both post-operative care and inpatient Covid treatment. According to a statement from Big Hit Music, BTS’s management agency, via Reuters, he is recovering fortunately quickly.
“The company places the health of artists at the top of its priorities, and we will do everything in our power to help Jimin recover quickly,” Big Hit wrote in its statement. “We will also cooperate diligently with requests and directives from health authorities.”
Luckily, the 26-year-old singer and dancer didn’t have any close contact with his bandmates while he was infectious. Of the seven members of the group, he is the fourth to contract the virus. His bandmates Suga, RM and Jin tested positive in December.
Many BTS fans, aptly named BTS ARMY, took to social media with the hashtag #GetWellJimin to show their support for the artist. #GetWellJimin was trending the day of the singer’s surgery and amassed over a million Tweets in just two days. One graphic, in particular, has been spreading on Twitter, depicting an adorable cartoon character taking care of Jimin while he rests.
Fan accounts aren’t the only ones sending good wishes to Jimin. The Late Late Show with James Corden also tweeted the hashtag, sending “Baby Mochi” some love.
Jimin’s hospitalization came amid a “period of rest” for BTS. They announced the split via social media in early December with plans to “recharge with creative energy.” Hopefully, with months of rest and recovery ahead of him, Jimin will be ready to continue bringing joy to fans through music and performances.
Photo courtesy of Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions.