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Aespa's Winter recovering from collapsed lung surgery

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
Aespa's Winter recovering from collapsed lung surgery
Korean singer Winter of K-pop group Aespa
Winter via Instagram

MANILA, Philippines — Korean singer Kim Min-jeong, better known as Winter of the girl group Aespa, is in recovery after undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung.

Winter's agency, SM Entertainment, confirmed in a statement that the singer had surgery for a collapsed lung, medically known as a pneumothorax.

Johns Hopkins Medicine defines pneumothorax as air around or outside the lung as a result of chest trauma, excess pressure on the lungs, or lung disease.

"As [pneumothorax] is a condition prone to recurrence, [the surgery] was carried out as a preventive measure in accordance with her doctor’s opinion, and the decision was made after plenty of discussion," the agency explained.

With Aespa eyeing a comeback next month and a world tour beginning in June, SM Entertainment said it would "consider Winter's recovery status [as a] top priority."

Related: K-pop group Aespa concert film gets global cinema release

Prior to the surgery, Winter and the rest of Aespa were making promotional rounds in Japan.

Apart from the upcoming tour, Aespa's first concert movie, "Aespa: World Tour," is getting a global theatrical release later this month.

"Aespa: World Tour" is a live recording of the group's performance in the O2 Arena in London, their first-ever show in the United Kingdom.

It was the penultimate stop of the group's "Synk: Hyper Line" tour last year. It was the first time Winter, Karina, Giselle and Ningning toured worldwide as Aespa.

Beyond the concert recording, "Aespa: World Tour" also features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews meant to complement the individual performances of each member.

RELATED: Lee Jae Wook, Aespa's Karina split 5 weeks after confirming relationship

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