Abby Lee Miller 'Almost Died' After Suffering From Spinal Infection, Says Surgeon

Lawrence Kim
April 18, 2018

On Tuesday at 1 A.M., reality star Abby Lee Miller underwent surgery on her spinal cord. "Most dramatic is severe muscle and bone pain in her back, shoulders, arms, and legs", he said.

"We did a CT and we saw what appeared to be an infection that had spread from the bottom of her neck all the way to the lower part of her back... which is extremely unusual".

The formerDance Moms star was suffering from an infection in her spine, according to a report by Extra, which needed immediate surgery. "When Abby first went to the ER, she was nearly unable to move [her] arms and legs and was having trouble getting out of bed".

Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed of Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital told People that Abby Lee Miller "was going to die" if they did not do something to save her life.

Miller's blood pressure also went down, so her surgeon made a decision to keep her in the hospital even though he initially wanted to send her to another facility. In the span of 24 hours, which was something that I have not seen, her condition rapidly deteriorated. This nearly undid part of her gastric sleeve surgery and caused her to gain a bit of weight back.

"There could be a million reasons for this. We were trying to transfer her, but I knew she may not make it by the time we get to another hospital", Dr. Melamed continued.

Melamed pointed out that the case was common for smokers and diabetic patients, though he explained that Miller is in the pre-diabetic range, which means it seemed unlikely for her. On the plus side, she has shown some progress in 24 hours, something that makes the doctor hopeful. He added that the focus now is on rehab for a full recovery. He added Miller was optimistic because of this, which is a ray of hope for everyone else. "I had to send her to the emergency room".

Miller is set to be released from the hospital by the end of the week if her health condition would improve.

Miller's spinal surgery comes less than a month after the 51-year-old dance instructor was released from the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, California, where she served 259 days of a 366-day sentence after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016.

Despite the health scares, Miller was feeling "great" earlier this year after losing 100 pounds, Entertainment Tonight reported.

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