Abby Lee Miller almost died after suffering an extremely unusual spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the neck down.
Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon who treated Miller, tells PEOPLE that the former star Dance Moms went into the emergency room after experiencing "unbearable neck pain" and weakness On its arm. Extra reported the news for the first time.
"Over the next two days, his condition began to deteriorate," Melamed said of Miller's time at the Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey hospital. "Not only his pain, but his weakness began to get worse." In the span of 24 hours, which was something he had not seen, his condition deteriorated rapidly. She was completely paralyzed from the neck down. "
Melamed said he tried to transfer Miller after his blood pressure started to hit bottom, but" I felt that if we tried, he might not make it when he gets to another hospital. "."
"We did a CT scan and saw what appeared to be an infection that had spread from the lower part of his neck to the lower part of his back … which is extremely unusual," he said.
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"If we did not do something, she would die." His blood pressure was hitting bottom. She was not doing well. "
Miller underwent surgery for a multilevel laminectomy around 1 am Tuesday, and the nearly five-hour surgery required an 18-inch incision in his back when Melamed he had to remove the back of several vertebrae to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.
Melamed said he had no idea what had caused Miller's health to fail so quickly.
"There could be a million reasons for this. Normally, you see this in someone who is committed, if you have diabetes or [are] smoker or [have] heart problems, but that's not really her, "she said." She has very well controlled diabetes, her numbers are really in the pre-diabetic range, so to see something like that, it's extremely unusual. "
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From her surgery, the star of reality on television has begun to feel more sensation as he recovers in the ICU. Regarding whether he will walk again, Melamed said it depended on how he recovered.
"He recovered a little in 24 hours , which is better than no recovery, "he said." No one wants to end up thinking that they will be paralyzed for the rest of their lives. "That is a reality that all these patients face, all they can do is pray and, as a surgeon or, it maximizes everything it can so that the spinal cord recovers. I have hopes. "
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Melamed continued," I think he's a little more optimistic now because he feels like he can move his arms, have more feeling, you can feel your body now, you can feel your private area. That gives hope to all. "
For now, the surgeon said that" they would begin to mobilize it, begin to think about rehabilitation, begin to push the body, push the brain and the spinal cord to recover. "
Melamed He said he could be released from the hospital for rehabilitation before the end of the weekend week "baduming we will not do another surgery."
The star was recently hospitalized for a thyroid problem two weeks after entering a center Miller was taken to an emergency room in Los Angeles, according to TMZ, who first reported the news.
Miller had been serving his 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California since July
was transferred at the end of March to the Long Beach Residential Reentry Center, a facility that provides a structured environment and supervised where you will be offered employment counseling, job placement and badistance for financial management.
In May of 2017, Miller received a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised freedom for bankruptcy fraud. In addition, he received a $ 40,000 fine and was ordered to pay the $ 120,000 sentence, as well as a DNA sample related to his position.
Earlier this year, Entertainment Tonight reported that Miller had lost approximately 100 pounds. and it felt "great". And Miller posted a photo of her on Instagram in January, wearing the prison uniform and posing with some of her visitors.
"Sometimes in life you make mistakes, I trust the wrong people and I do not pay attention to the things I should be in. I'm more than sorry for the mistakes I've made," Miller wrote in the caption.
"My world turned upside down when I had to enter prison," he continued. "I did it with grace, the stories you read about me as a princess are false, I became friends with both inmates and staff, I tried to improve myself, I participated in everything that was offered to me and I am a better person for this experience"