Abby Lee Miller had undergone an emergency surgery on her spine after experiencing severe neck pain caused by an infection which might have killed her.
The Dance Moms star had to undergo the procedure to remove a mass near her spine, which, if not removed, could cause her death or paralysis. Surgeon Hooman Melamed said that during the two days Miller was rushed to the hospital after complaining of "excruciating neck pain" and feeling her arm getting weak, her condition started deteriorating at a fast pace.
"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," Melamed said.
The situation got worse when the choreographer's blood pressure dropped, and Melamed revealed he was supposed to transfer her to another hospital. But because of the severity of case, he felt she might not make it in time.
Upon conducting tests, doctors saw that an infection that developed in her neck spread to the lower part of her back, which Melamed described as "unusual." What's more unusual, is that Miller's health started deteriorating at an alarming pace, which prompted the surgeon to conduct the operation as soon as possible.
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. After her surgery, the 51-year-old is recovering in the intensive care unit and has since been able to feel more than before.
That is a good thing, as per Melamed, than not recovering at all. He added Miller was optimistic because of this, which is a ray of hope for everyone else. On whether the TV personality is going to walk again, it would depend on her recovery.
Miller is set to be released from the hospital by the end of the week if her health condition would improve. Prior to this news, it was reported that she was sent to a hospital just two weeks into her stay at the halfway house, Residential Reentry Center.
She was transferred into the halfway house from the FCI Victorville prison. Miller was set to serve her remaining days in the Long Beach, California facility. Her reported release is on May 25. During her stay in the prison, the public noticed that she had lost a significant amount of weight, judging by the photos that circulated.