Abby Lee Miller undergoes emergency surgery

Abby Lee Miller's doctor says the reality TV star has undergone surgery after she almost died.Dr. Hooman M. Me...

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 1:40 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 1:40 PM

Abby Lee Miller's doctor says the reality TV star has undergone surgery after she almost died.

Dr. Hooman M. Melamed told People that Miller started deteriorating after she experienced "excruciating neck pain" and weakness in her arm.

"Dance Moms" star could have died, her surgeon tells People

She was sentenced to federal prison last year for bankruptcy fraud

"Not just her pain, but her weakness started getting worse," the orthopedic surgeon told the magazine. "In the span of 24 hours, which was something that I have not seen, her condition rapidly deteriorated. She was completely paralyzed from the neck down."

The "Dance Moms" star was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital when her blood pressure dropped dangerously low, Melamed said.

The doctor said tests determined "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."

"If we didn't do something, she was going to die," Melamed said. "Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well."

Miller had surgery Tuesday.

'Dance Moms' drama -- a primer

The surgeon said it's a mystery why Miller's condition went bad so rapidly and added that she's made some recovery in the 24 hours since then.

"Nobody wants to end up thinking they're going to be paralyzed for the rest of their life. That's a reality that's facing all of these patients going into it," Melamed said. " All you can do is pray and, as a surgeon, you maximize everything you can for the spinal cord to recover itself. I am hopeful."

In 2017, Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for bankruptcy fraud. She moved to a residential re-entry facility in March.

Melamed said that barring any complications Miller could be released to a rehabilitation center in a few days to continue her recovery.

West Lafayette
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 44°
Kokomo
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 42°
Rensselaer
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Fowler
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 37°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 38°
Crawfordsville
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 41°
Frankfort
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Delphi
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
Monticello
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 43°
Logansport
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 43°
Dry and Cool for Remainder of Weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 157713

Reported Deaths: 4092
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion25392789
Lake13805355
St. Joseph9277163
Elkhart8890135
Allen8278230
Hamilton6215113
Vanderburgh588261
Tippecanoe375915
Hendricks3302133
Monroe326638
Porter322049
Johnson3151129
Delaware297074
Clark296762
Vigo264840
Madison240595
LaPorte226658
Cass225522
Warrick195265
Kosciusko187826
Floyd180167
Howard164066
Bartholomew143358
Marshall140026
Dubois139626
Wayne132130
Henry128430
Grant127839
Boone124550
Hancock119944
Noble117434
Jackson114416
Dearborn98028
Morgan94840
Lawrence90837
Daviess89334
Gibson88612
Clinton86716
Shelby83531
LaGrange81015
Knox77410
Harrison77324
Putnam73716
Posey7236
DeKalb72011
Fayette69018
Steuben6338
Miami6305
Jasper6175
White59215
Montgomery59022
Greene55337
Scott52413
Decatur50739
Adams5027
Whitley4636
Clay4537
Ripley4538
Sullivan44414
Wells43511
Wabash4219
Starke4157
Orange40925
Huntington4015
Spencer3956
Washington3783
Franklin37625
Jennings36913
Fulton3653
Randolph3659
Jefferson3435
Pike33518
Carroll32913
Perry32614
Jay3116
Fountain3073
Tipton27823
Vermillion2531
Parke2374
Newton23011
Blackford2193
Rush2184
Owen2071
Martin2000
Crawford1591
Pulaski1562
Brown1433
Ohio1327
Benton1120
Union1110
Switzerland960
Warren841
Unassigned0234

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events