Rapper Mikey Marvz’s New Album Features Battle With Liver Disease

A WIRRAL rapper “near death” last year from rare liver disease released a heartfelt album about his battle with the disease.

At the age of three, Mikey Marvz became only the 16th person in history to be diagnosed with sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that attacks the bile ducts.

His life was saved thanks to a liver donor, but for the past year he has been “close to death again” due to disease in his replacement liver.

While in pain and awaiting liver replacement, he recorded Anthology of the disease, with songs such as Float, Adrift and X marks the spot.

Mikey in studio (photo provided by Mikey Marvz)

Clinging to life, the 29-year-old – from Ellesmere Port – awaits a new donor as the list is currently on hold due to the effects of the pandemic.

She has also since been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, which causes her chest pain.

At Anthology of the disease‘s, he said: “Making this album while being sick was very difficult, but at the same time, that’s what got me through it.

“I’ve had some really tough times mentally and been in some really dark places, but I’m determined to survive and the plans for the album and my music career have kept me going.”

Mikey’s story begins when he began to fall ill at the age of three.

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Mikey in the hospital (photo provided by Mikey Marvz)

After inspections by doctors around the world, she was finally diagnosed with sclerosing cholangitis.

The prognosis was bleak and doctors told his parents to say goodbye to their son.

But in “a beautiful and miraculous twist of fate” Mikey received a new liver from a donor and it was to give him 10 years of good health.

He managed to serve him for an incredible 26 years.

Now 29, Mikey began to fall ill again in October 2020, once again plunging him into dire straits.

Looking back on his experience, Mikey said: “I am eternally grateful to my original donor and without him I would have died as a young child.

“It was one of the most successful operations of its time.

“Since then everything has been a gift and I really enjoy life.

“I actually wrote a song about my first donor called The smokers club which appeared on my first album, The unbelievable pain.

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Mikey in the hospital (photo provided by Mikey Marvz)

He continued, “I released my first album in September 2020 and everything was going well.

“I had my tracks played on BBC Radio Merseyside and nationally on London TV, and I also had a clothing sponsorship deal.

“But in October 2020 my worst nightmare came true and I started to fall ill again. Since then I have been in excruciating pain while waiting for a new donor.”

Mikey was admitted to hospital in November last year and said he was in the last stages of sepsis.

He started having constant pins and needles as his heart started to shut off parts of his body.

On the verge of death, he was discovered to have two liver abscesses and hepatic artery thrombosis, a chronic liver disease that deprives the liver of oxygen.

Since this tragic revelation, Mikey has been taking immunosuppressive drugs to control infections, but has been told that one day an infection will eventually kill him.

Mikey said: “Of all the kids who had this liver disease in the ’80s and’ 90s, I was the only one who survived.

“I’m a fighter and I will stay strong no matter what, but life since last October has been hell.

“I take all kinds of medicine and I am very concerned about chest pain.

“The truth is, I don’t know when I’ll have another transplant and I don’t know how much time I have left.

“All I can do is keep my mind strong and hope the drugs will keep things under control.”

Despite being very ill, Mikey managed to record a new album during the confinement on his suffering, titled EP disease.

Using music as a form of expression and escape, the new 12-track album is a heartfelt and powerful creation that comes from the bottom of her heart – detailing her battle over the past seven months.

He added: “The first single from the album is called Floats and it’s because I feel like I’m floating in life without integrating into society while I’m waiting for my transplant.

“Another lead, ocean, talk about what life would be like if I were better and another, Adrift, represents some of the dark, lonely nights falling asleep worrying about my situation. ”

Mikey’s new album released on all major platforms, along with music videos for the singles Floats and Broken.

Mikey hopes his music can not only help him get through these dark times, but also help others get through their own personal battles – proving that music can indeed save people.

He said: “I should have been dead when I was three, but I am a fighter and I believe that the power of the spirit can help you and that miracles do exist.

“I am determined to lead this new battle and my music is an integral part of it.

“I hope that anyone who listens to this new album will find it inspiring and hopefully help people who are going through a similar difficult situation.”

Discover Mikey’s new album Anthology of the disease on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/2S6HtvijGH0ynblkMQf4aY

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