Fans were heartbroken to learn that Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a form of cancer caused by the Epstein–Barr virus. Now, her former co-stars Christy Hunt and Sarah Hunt are sharing their sadness over the news with Life & Style exclusively.
"When we first got word that Miss Abby was very ill and had to undergo emergency surgery, for what they thought was an infection — we were so upset and furious that it took so long, and so many health professionals to finally run the correct test to pinpoint the problem," they shared.
The former instructor was hospitalized before her diagnosis for what People reported was "excruciating neck pain" thanks to a spinal infection. Dr. Hooman M. Melamed — the orthopedic spine surgeon who treated Abby — revealed she was paralyzed from the neck down and her condition "rapidly deteriorated." Her health scare was so serious, Dr. Melamed said she "would have died" had they not taken action.
Christy and Sarah continued, "She was in so much pain for over a week and in dire need of lifesaving help. Miss Abby and her close friends by her side were literally begging the doctors to figure out what the symptoms, excruciating pain, and paralysis she was going through could be. It's just so sad and infuriating that she wasn’t getting the necessary care, or a diagnosis to explain what she was suffering from — until finally, her present team of doctors literally saved her life."
The mother-daughter duo — along with the rest of Abby's fans and loved ones — remain hopeful that now the cancer-stricken star can obtain the necessary treatment and care she needs. The Hunt ladies even said that Abby’s dancers and their moms wore ribbons in her honor at a recent competition to support her.
"The girls proudly danced together wearing #AbbysArmy Ribbons that we made; dedicating their entire competition to the ALDC and Miss Abby’s fight against Burkitt’s lymphoma," Sarah and Christy shared.
Abby wrote an emotional message on social media this past week, thanking her medical team for getting to the bottom of her health woes. "So much more I wish I could say — about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others," she said. "Thanks for [the prayers and love]."
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