“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller, who was recently released from prison after serving a 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud and has been living in a halfway house, is now recovering from a spinal infection that caused her to be paralyzed from the neck down, USA Today reports.
People reports that Miller almost died from the “extremely unusual” infection.
“Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon who treated Miller, tells People the former ‘Dance Moms’ star went into the emergency room after she experienced ‘excruciating neck pain’ and weakness in her arm,” People reports. The news was first reported by Extra.
Miller was treated in Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital. “Over the next two days, her condition started deteriorating,” Melamed told People. “Not just her pain, but her weakness started getting worse. 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 added: “If we didn’t do something, she was going to die. Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well.”
Following the five-hour surgery, which reportedly required an 18-inch incision in her back, Miller has been recovering in the intensive care unit, according to media reports.