Alex Trebek, the face of the franchise of Jeopardy! for more than three decades, he will take a break from the syndicated game program while recovering from brain surgery. He announced the hiatus in a video posted on the online accounts of the program Thursday.
"Some of you may have already heard that during the vacation break I had a mild medical problem: a subdural hematoma, blood clots in the brain caused by a fall I suffered about two months ago," said Trebek, 77, in the video.
"The surgery was successful, after two days in the hospital, I returned home to begin recovery."
The show was developed on its website, saying that Trebek had been "experiencing complications from beating his head in a fall that took place in October. " Admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15, Trebek underwent the operation the next day and left the hospital only two days after that.
"Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and will return to the JEOPARDY! Studio to record in mid-January," the program said, adding that, with the exception of a normal function, the "program program's transmission is not affected. "
As Danny Zwerdling of NPR reported in 2016, a subdural hematoma can be insidious, a dangerous condition that can develop from seemingly minor head injuries, especially in older people. As the brain contracts and moves away from a protective membrane known as dura, the veins that connect the two become more vulnerable to a bruised head or even a sudden movement.
If those veins break, Danny explained, bleeding can occur on the surface of the brain and "as blood begins to accumulate for days or weeks" it irritates brain cells. And if the whole is large enough, it presses the brain and damages it, just like a tumor. "
" The researchers estimate that more than 200,000 subdural hematoma lesions could be diagnosed annually in all hospitals throughout the country " , added Danny.
Surgery is not the only health problem that Trebek has suffered in the last decade, he has suffered two heart attacks since 2007.
But Trebek, who has directed Jeopardy! ] since its reactivation in 1984 and organized other games before that, it has no intention of hanging up the microphone.
"The forecast is excellent," he said in the video, "and I hope to be back in the studio recording more." ] Jeopardy! very, very soon. "