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RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Chi Chi DeVayne has been rushed to hospital with suspected kidney failure

Patrick Kelleher July 17, 2020
Chi Chi DeVayne

Chi Chi DeVayne (Instagram)

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne has been hospitalised with suspected kidney failure.

DeVayne, who rose to fame on season eight of Drag Race, told fans that she had suspected kidney failure in a video posted to Instagram yesterday.

The drag queen, whose real name is Zavion Davenport, revealed that she had tested negative for COVID-19 but said doctors were still trying to understand why her blood pressure was high.

“Tomorrow they’re going to give me a biopsy on my kidneys and let me know what it is that’s making my blood pressure so high, so I just want to say that I love you guys,” she said.

In a later update, she said doctors had managed to get her blood pressure down, but she would need three hours of dialysis as her kidneys were not working.

Chi Chi DeVayne has received an outpouring of love from other Drag Race stars.

She said doctors hoped that the dialysis could help her kidneys recover some functionality.

In the update, DeVayne said the bout of ill-health was related to scleroderma, a relatively rare condition she was diagnosed with in 2018 that causes thickened skin and problems with internal organs.

“If you don’t know, I got scleroderma, which affects everything in your body, heart, lungs, kidney, everything,” DeVayne said.

“So yeah, I let it go too long without going to the doctor and these are the consequences. Take care of your body!”

DeVayne has received an outpouring of love from Drag Race stars since revealing that she was in hospital with suspected kidney failure.

I let it go too long without going to the doctor and these are the consequences. Take care of your body!

All Stars winner Trixie Mattel tweeted: “I don’t believe in much but ALL the love and healing energy to Chi Chi DeVayne! Flawless, stunning, and we need her back on the stripper pole in top form!”

Drag Race winner Aquaria urged people to help support DeVayne during her illness.

Kennedy Davenport wished her a “speedy recovery”.

The Vixen asked everyone to send “love and support” to the Drag Race star.

Meanwhile, Drag Race UK star Cheryl Hole asked fans to help support DeVayne during her stint in hospital.

DeVayne was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2018.

DeVayne revealed her scleroderma diagnosis in 2018 in an Instagram post.

Writing at the time, she said she had been afraid to make her diagnosis public in case she lost out on work opportunities or faced criticism from friends and fans.

“I feel it’s finally time to let the world know what’s really going on with Chi Chi,” she wrote at the time.

“Bottling this up has had me in a state of depression… It has made me hate my appearance and also made me stray away from the public eye but I’m no longer hiding and living in a state of fear.”

 

 

More: Aquaria, cheryl hole, Chi Chi DeVayne, Instagram, Kennedy Davenport, kidney failure, RuPaul's Drag Race, scleroderma, The Vixen

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