As the globe continues to be concerned about health amid the Covid-19 era, we are motivated by K-pop and K-drama artists. They have overcome various health challenges and emerged stronger. Here are ten Korean superstars whose careers have gotten hampered by unanticipated medical issues.
10. Uhm Jung-Hwa
Uhm Jung-Hwa, a K-pop diva, suffered thyroid cancer surgery in 2010. She returned to Yoo Hee Yeol's 'Sketchbook' in January 2017 after an eight-year absence and spoke openly about her terrible experience and how she overcame it. She stated facing a difficult time conquering it and at the same time, it harmed her nerves. She couldn't speak for eight months when one of her vocal cords was paralyzed. Her battle affected her mental health as well, but she persisted and made an appearance in 2017.
9. Lum May Yee
The 47-year-old former model and actress, who now works in the jewellery industry, was told that what she initially thought was a milk duct (she had just done nursing her youngest) was a stage 2A slow-growing cancer. She went through four months of chemotherapy after that. In 2016, the illness went into remission after three years of fighting it. Following her doctor's advice, May Lee had her ovaries and uterus removed to reduce the risk of recurrence.
8. Kim Jung Hyun
Kim Jung-Hyun, a South Korean actor born on April 5, 1990, is most notable for his performances in 'Welcome to Waikiki' and 'Crash Landing on you. In the Korean drama 'Time', Kim Jung Hyun played the male lead and due to his eating and sleeping issues, he had to quit the play in the middle. After a brief hiatus, he returned to acting with 'Crash Landing on You'.
7. Goo Hye Sun
Goo Hye Sun was one of the main characters in 'You Are Too Much', but she had to quit the production halfway through. Goo Hye Sun had a severe allergic reaction and got hospitalized. Due to her health issues, Goo Hye Sun was unable to return to the drama.
Heo Sol-Ji is a South Korean singer who goes by the moniker Solji. She worked as a vocal coach before joining EXID as the group's leader and lead vocalist in July 2012. Solji had to take a break after being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2016. Solji went on sabbatical for more than a year due to many therapies and Solji returned to EXID in 2018 and stated that she had healed from hyperthyroidism.
5. Moon Geun Young
Moon Geun-young is an actress from South Korea. To cure her acute compartment syndrome, Moon Geun Young had to undergo emergency surgery. Moon Geun Young had to postpone her activities as well to recuperate since she had to undergo further operations over time. Moon Geun Young made her K-Drama comeback on 'Catch the Ghost' after taking a break from acting.
4. Kim Bum
Kim Bum in his twenties was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. He took a day off work to attend his treatment at the hospital. His sudden weight reduction for the K-drama, as well as his involvement in a vehicle accident in 2009, all led to his illness. Kim Bum is now in good physical shape and is starring in the JTBC drama 'Law School'.
3. Choi Sung-Won
Choi Sung-won, a renowned Korean actor, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2016. As a result, he had to abandon all acting endeavours to focus on his recovery. Choi recovered from the sickness the following year, but was admitted to the hospital for the fourth time in four years. His followers continue to support him, believing that he will overcome it in the same way that he did previously.
2. Jung Il Woo
In 2016, Jung Il Woo was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Later, following the diagnosis, he developed sadness and anxiety and due to his mental health, Jung Il Woo did not leave his residence for a month. After gathering his thoughts, he decided to let go and take a vacation since he no longer wanted to live that way.
1. Kim Woo-Bin
Kim Woo Bin was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in the year 2017. To begin therapy, Kim Woo Bin had to put an end to almost all of his activities. Kim Woo Bin decided to take a break from acting for a while. Fans were naturally startled when his agency revealed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. The 31-year-old was able to recuperate after receiving counselling. He's now in discussions to feature with his girlfriend, Shin Min Ah, in the K-drama 'Our Blues'.