Things have gone from bad to worse for Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame. Sadly, the world's "meanest dance teacher" was suffering from "excruciating neck pain" for which she was rushed to the emergency room at Cedar-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles last weekend. Once there, her condition worsened to Miller being unable to move her arms, legs, and toes.
Doctors stated that her "temporary paralysis" was actually due to an infection and rushed Miller into surgery for what was assumed to be a spinal infection alone, only to discover (once in surgery) that the reality star actually has Burkitt lymphoma also known as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma—which can be fatal if not caught quickly enough or if left untreated. Luckily for Miller, there is a 90 percent chance that patients will survive as long as it is caught early enough and the patient sticks to regularly scheduled treatments.
"We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery," said Dr. Melamed, the resident orthopedic spinal surgeon at Cedar-Sinai. "Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor—it just depends on the type, but I feel...yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation." Dr. Melamed added that Miller's condition is a "preliminary diagnosis pending pathology and oncology results."
Miller made it through the initial operation, which took four hours, and after she woke up, she began to feel some sensation back in her arms, legs, and toes. "If we didn't do something, she was going to die," Dr. Melamed told People. "Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well...She’s recovered a bit in 24 hours, which is better than no recovery. Nobody wants to end up thinking they’re going to be paralyzed for the rest of their life. That’s a reality that’s facing all of these patients going into it. All you can do is pray and, as a surgeon, you maximize everything you can for the spinal cord to recover itself. I am hopeful."
Hope is what Miller needs at this time. All of these medical woes come after Miller was released to a halfway house in Long Beach following her prison stint at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution for bankruptcy fraud, which she began serving last summer.
On the plus side, Miller has lost around 100 pounds and before her diagnosis, she was planning to start a new reality show. We wish Miller a speedy recovery so she can get back to doing what she loves.