On Saturday, August 11, Paris Jackson performed a show with her band, The Soundflowers. But the day before, she was in a hospital operating room undergoing surgery.
According to People, Jackson announced the operation in an Instagram stories video on The Soundflowers’s account. “So long story short, I had surgery yesterday,” she explained, adding the surgery was to remove “an abscess that was almost the size of a golf ball.” If it were to pop, she said, “you can go septic and die.”
Fortunately, Jackson’s abscess was removed before it could get worse. “But I didn’t die,” she said in the Instagram story video. “They operated immediately.”
An abscess is a pocket of pus that can form almost anywhere on the body as a result of the immune system fighting an infection, according to MedlinePlus.
They can appear on the skin as raised, red, and painful bumps, MedlinePlus explains. Or they can form internally, which makes them less obvious and can potentially cause damage to organs, including the lungs and brain. The pus inside of an abscess is a mixture of white blood cells, dead tissue, and germs (bacteria, viruses, etc.). So, if the abscess is popped without proper precautions (such as specific drainage techniques or IV antibiotics), all of that stuff is released into your body, possibly leading to unpleasant complications.
As SELF wrote previously, sepsis is a reaction to infection and can come with serious complications. It develops when chemicals that the body releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection end up triggering inflammation, which can cause organ damage and, as Jackson alluded to, death.
Jackson told followers that she declined anesthesia during her surgery and “was awake for all of it”—and it “was definitely the most pain that I’ve ever been through in my entire life,” even considering the many tattoos she has.
But despite the pain, Jackson rallied for The Soundflowers concert, which benefited the organization F Cancer, according to People. “We played a show today, and we didn’t completely suck, and my f*cking grandma was there, and I’m so relieved that she didn’t hate it, that she actually liked it,” Jackson said in the Instagram video. “And I don’t know, that means the world to me.”