June 23, 2008 02:20:43 GMT
The singer has been diagnosed with emphysema and an irregular heartbeat which, according to her father, could force her to wear a permanent oxygen mask to survive unless she stops smoking drugs.
Amy Winehouse's body has taken its toll. Following her hospitalization early last week to undergo tests after fainting at her Camden home, her father has confirmed that his daughter has contracted a lung disease, emphysema, which is a progressive lung condition which ages the lung's prematurely and leaves sufferers struggling for breath.
In an interview published Sunday, June 22, Mitch Winehouse was quoted as telling The Sunday Mirror that his singer daughter has early stage emphysema and an irregular heartbeat. She, according him, has been warned that she will have to wear a permanent oxygen mask to survive unless she stops smoking drugs.
"She's got emphysema. It's in its early stages, but had it gone on for another month they painted a very vivid picture of her sitting there like an old person with a mask on her face struggling to breathe," Mitch told the Sunday Mirror in the U.K. "With smoking the crack cocaine and the cigarettes her lungs are all gunked up. There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She's got 70 per cent lung capacity."
Mitch then continued saying, "The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs, it won't just ruin her voice, it will kill her" adding that Amy could be confined to a wheelchair within a month if she doesn't quit drugs.
Is feeling devastated about his daughter's condition, Mitch thus urged her drug dealers and addict friends such as rocker Pete Doherty, who has been spending time with the 24-year-old since his release from prison last month, to stay away from her.
"I'm saying to those drug dealers, and they know who they are, if they are supplying crack to Amy, then they've got to take responsibility. I don't want her hanging out with her mates like Pete Doherty either," Mitch stated.
Amy was rushed to the hospital on June 16 after fainting in her London home. She underwent a series of tests at the London Clinic in the Marylebone section of the city. The extent of her condition has put in doubt her scheduled appearance at the Nelson Mandela birthday concert in Hyde Park on Friday, June 27 with concerns that she may also pull out of Glastonbury the following day.
Read Mitch's revelation on Amy's latest condition and what her jailed husband said about the diagnose on Sunday Mirror.