"American Idol" finalist Scott MacIntyre was an inspiration as the only visually impaired contestant, but he says the real inspiration was the woman who saved him.
McIntyre revealed that his sight wasn't the only hurdle he would come across -- he faced a life-threatening illness.
He performed at a kidney transplant patient reunion at the Mayo Clinic on Saturday and talked to FOX 10 about the illness he kept hidden.
"When I was 19, I found out that I had stage 4 kidney failure..never talked about it on American Idol, never talked about it in the media, but that was one of the most difficult times in my life," he said. "I eventually got so sick that I couldn't even play the piano or sing in my living room."
In 2007, MacIntyre's life was saved with a kidney transplant and his donor was a woman he knew well -- she's the wife of his piano teacher.