‘American Idol’ Star Turned to Faith to Win Battle With Life-Threatening Illnesses

“American Idol” alum Scott MacIntyre has faced his fair share of trials and tribulations.

Born blind, MacIntyre later experienced kidney failure, pain, and uncertainty as he awaited two transplants — difficult and draining experiences that led him and his wife, Christina, to rely on their faith in God as they faced the unknown.

MacIntyre, who got his start in 2009 as the first blind finalist to ever compete on “American Idol,” reveals in PureFlix.com’s new documentary, “I Am Hope: Scott MacIntyre’s Inspirational Transplant Journey” the scope of the difficulties — and victories — he encountered as he awaited his second kidney transplant.

MacIntyre’s life-threatening illnesses started when he was just 19 years old — before he achieved celebrity status as a contestant on “American Idol.”

“I got a phone call that changed my life forever,” he recently told “The Billy Hallowell Podcast.” “I found out that my kidneys were failing.”

MacIntyre quickly realized that he faced a life-or-death situation — one that he had no power to help himself out of, as he faced extreme exhaustion and other health challenges that suddenly impeded his ability to sing or play the piano.

Then, the wife of his piano teacher gave him the gift of life: she donated her kidney to him. Less than a year later, MacIntyre was back on stage competing on the eighth season of “American Idol.”

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Source: Christian Post