Bijou Phillips is in need of a kidney transplant having been ''quietly dealing'' with kidney disease for the past five years.

The 36-year-old actress - who is the youngest child of the late John Phillips - was reportedly rushed to a Santa Barbara hospital on Wednesday (15.02.17) after she suffering from a blood infection which left her with a high temperature and a feeling of sickness, according to TMZ.com.

A representative for the 'Almost Famous' actress confirmed the star has been ''privately having dialysis'' - a treatment which removes waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly - after being ''born with small kidneys.''

Jenni Weinman told the publication: ''Bijou was born with small kidneys and has been quietly dealing with kidney disease for the last 5 years, including being on the transplant list.

''In an effort to heal her body she has led a stress free life with a vegan diet which eventually wasn't enough and she's been privately having dialysis.''

The representative also claimed Bijou - who is married to 'That 70s Show' star Danny Masterson - had recently found a friend who ''is a match'', and so could receive a transplant operation soon.

Jenni continued: ''Bijou recently found out she has a friend that is a match and is optimistic she will have a transplant soon.''

The 'Hostel: Part II' actress is now said to be in a stable condition, and her husband - whom she wed in 2011 and with whom she shares two-year-old daughter Fianna Francis - is by her side as she remains in hospital.