Abby Lee Miller is recovering from what could've been a life changing medical condition. "I don't need to do anymore surgery in the short term, but she's definitely going to need more surgery-we'll need to do rods and screws to stabilize her".
The reality star sentenced in May to one year and one day in prison, as well as a $120,000 judgement and a $40,000 fine, for bankruptcy fraud.
Her condition began to deteriorate after she experienced "excruciating neck pain" and weakness in her arm.
Less than 24 hours later, Miller was seen on the verge of tears as she left the halfway house in Los Angeles.
A CT scan revealed Miller had an infection that spread from her neck to the lower back, a case that was "unusual", Melamed said. If she does not require another surgery, she could be discharged from the hospital into rehabilitation by the end of the week. He added that he has "no idea" what caused Miller's health to deteriorate. Her blood pressure was bottoming out. "She was not doing well".
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Miller went into the hospital Tuesday with "excrutiating neck pain" and underwent surgery just past midnight.
"There could be a million reasons of this. Normally, you see this in someone who is compromised, if they have diabetes or [are] a smoker or [have] heart problems, but that's not really her", he says.
Miller is recovering in the intensive care unit and has started to feel more sensation, but it's unclear if she'll regain the ability to walk, the surgeon noted. That's a reality that's facing all of these patients going into it. Because of good behavior, she was transferred to a residential re-entry facility in March.
Dr. Melamed said they hope to "start mobilizing her, start thinking about the rehab, start pushing the body, pushing the brain and spinal cord for making recovery".