Sinbad’s family says he’s learning to walk again two years after his stroke, fans send messages of encouragement

Legendary comedian Sinbad is in the midst of one of his most challenging fights after his family recently revealed to fans that the former “Vibe” host is on a journey to learn to walk again, two years after suffering an ischemic stroke. Though the star reportedly “has miles to go,” he’s already making progress.

On Monday afternoon, November 21, the 66-year-old Hollywood star’s family shared a photo of him during a physical therapy session where he was relearning to walk. They shared an update on his recovery and a donation page on The Journey Forward website for fans and supporters who would like to help cover his medical costs.

In October 2020, Michigan native David Adkins underwent a thrombectomy to remove a clot that had traveled from his heart to his brain. While the “prognosis was very promising,” the next day doctors found another blood clot – half the size of the original one – and the longtime prankster underwent another operation. His family said the procedure was successful, but “took a little more away than the first surgery.”

Sinbad’s family shares a health update about the comedian two years after the stroke.

After being transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Sinbad’s brain began to swell. “They performed a craniotomy to relieve the pressure and reduce the swelling. However, during the operation, doctors discovered bleeding,” the update reads.

“It was hours before the family learned that Sinbad had returned to the Neuro-ICU in a medically-induced coma and was on a ventilator.” The family said, “The path to recovery became unclear and extremely difficult for the family to navigate .”

Several weeks passed before the comedian “could open his eyes, speak, or show signs of basic mobility.” He also “couldn’t move his left side or just hold his head up”. In May 2021, he was finally weaned off the ventilator and allowed to begin intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy.

“It was there that Sinbad began to make significant strides toward recovery,” they wrote, noting that he “finally came home” nearly nine months after his first stroke.

“He continues to receive therapy and is fighting for every inch,” the note said. “His progress is nothing short of remarkable. Limbs that were thought to be “dead” come alive and he takes the necessary steps to learn to walk again. In his own words, ‘I am not ready yet. I won’t stop fighting until I can walk the stage again.‘ Neither do we.

In the caption for his Instagram post, his family wrote, “Sinbad appreciates all the love and support you’ve shown him over the past two years.” Celebrity friends and online followers flooded his comments section with encouraging remarks, including the former “A Different World” co-star Cree Summer, who left: “Sending humongous love and strength.”

Tichina Arnold wrote: “I pray for you Sinbad!! Ask God to heal your body, refresh your mind and keep your thoughts positive. hold on man Come THROUGH this moment victorious. Loving You.”

Sharing his own experience, one fan told the star they had high hopes for his recovery. “Sinbad, I want you to know that against all odds, you can make it. Yes you can,” they wrote. “I couldn’t walk for eight years and four of those years I was on a walker, but The Most High and my desire to perform comedy gave me hope. 4-23 marks a year that I have not walked with a walker. I believe in you.” Sinbad’s family says he’s learning to walk again two years after his stroke, fans send messages of encouragement

James Brien

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