Stars who suffer from chronic illnesses
Hailey Bieber opens up about congenital heart defect that caused her to have a mini-stroke in March
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When it comes to health, people tend to be quite private... Famous or not, many people suffer from chronic or rare illnesses. Some celebrities have been through tough times before discovering that they suffer from serious illnesses, which are in some cases incurable. Just like the average person, they often keep this fact hidden and deal with it in private. However, a few brave celebs have spoken out to share their experiences and raise awareness about their conditions.
It was widely reported that Hailey Bieber was hospitalized in March but details of her condition weren't shared. On April 27, the 25-year-old model posted a video on her YouTube channel in which she explained the terrifying incident in detail. Bieber recalled that she started to lose sensation in her fingers and struggle with her speech during breakfast with her husband, Justin Bieber. She said it was "definitely the scariest moment of my life." They rushed to hospital where tests revealed that she had suffered a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke.
Further tests showed that the stroke was caused by a blood clot resulting from a congenital heart defect called patent foramen ovale. PFO is essentially a small hole in the heart between the right and left atrium. Bieber was admitted to hospital a second time to undergo a procedure to close the hole in her heart, which she said was between 12 and 13 millimeters in size. The procedure was successful and she is happy to be able to move on from the terrifying experience with an appreciation for her lucky escape.
Many celebrities have shared experiences of their health problems, hospitalizations, and surgeries. Click through the gallery to see which stars deal with chronic illnesses.
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