Amy Winehouse begins rehearsals for Mandela, Glastonbury gigs

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Washington, Jun 25 : English singer Amy Winehouse has begun rehearsals for her scheduled summer shows despite having been hospitalised with traces of emphysema.

The Rehab singer had been taken to the London Clinic in Marylebone last week after she fainted, and it was revealed on June 24 that she is suffering from early stage emphysema.

Winehouse's father Mitch had exaggerated the severity of his daughter's condition and according to her spokesman, it "looks likely" she will fulfil her commitments to perform at Glastonbury Festival and the Nelson Mandela charity concert.

"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," Contactmusic quoted Mitch as having told the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

The next day he told BBC Radio 1 there were merely "traces" of the lung disease and said the 24-year-old was "flourishing" in response to treatment.

But Tracey Miller, who is Winehouse's US representative, dismissed Mitch's prognosis.

"She is not diagnosed with full-blown emphysema, but instead has early signs of what could lead to emphysema," she added.

Winehouse is scheduled to appear at the concert marking Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday on Friday June 27th and at Glastonbury on June 28th.

ANI

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