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Sinbad’s “dead” limbs are “coming alive” 2 years after stroke

  • Two years have passed since Sinbad, the comedian and actor, suffered a debilitating stroke . He was hooked up to a ventilator for two weeks and placed in an artificially inducible coma.

    His family stated that his situation was only 30% chance of survival, but he is now fully recovered.

    His family stated that his “progress is nothing short of remarkable” on a website to update his fans. “Limbs thought to be dead are now alive and he is taking the necessary steps to learn how to walk again.”

    His family stated that Sinbad suffered an ischemic stroke two years prior to this update. A blood clot had traveled from his heart and brain. He developed another bloodclot after a promising prognosis. His brain began to swell shortly after the second surgery. Doctors attempted to relieve the pressure with a craniotomy but discovered that he had a brain hemorhage.

    He was then placed in a medically-induced coma and put on a ventilator.

    His family stated on the website that it would take weeks for him to open his eyes, speak or show basic mobility. We realized that he couldn’t move his left side, or even hold his head up. As time went by, the family realized how much was lost.

    Sinbad was admitted into a rehabilitation facility in May 2021 after he had spent months being transferred through various acute care facilities. He was able to return home nine months later, two months after his first stroke. He is improving and made a brief appearance on an episode of FX’s Atlanta.

    His family now requests help from the website to pay for his treatment. They claim that his care is more expensive than what insurance covers.

    The family stated that the survival odds of this type event are around 30%. “Sinbad has already overcome the odds and made remarkable progress beyond anyone could have imagined, but there are still many miles to go.”

    Sinbad, a comedy standup comedian, was born David Adkins. He also starred in “The Redd Foxx Show,” A Different World,” Jingle All the Way, and his own series “The Sinbad Show,” which ran from 1993 to 1994.

    Many celebrities have highlighted the website of his family seeking help, including Marlon Wayans who stated, “This man has so much to our spirits, and our smiles.”

    He wrote “Love you brother, keep fighting” on Instagram. He also added to his Instagram story “Legends fall on difficult times let’s all be part of the healing.”

    D.L., a fellow actor and comedian, also directed people to donate. Hughley encouraged people to donate as well, saying that Sinbad is “not only a naturally talented, FUNNY, brotha, but he’s also a good one.”

    He wrote, “This thing of us, it’s brotherhood and sisterhood, that comes with an unsspoken bond,” on Instagram. “…Most times, we don’t have the chance to help because it is too late.  This is your chance to be a hero for one of the greatest stands ups.”

    His family collaborated with Rad Retro Power and Miguel Wilson to create a limited-edition handpainted Sinbad action figure as part of their efforts to raise funds for Sinbad’s recovery. Sinbad posted on Instagram Monday that only 40 figures had been produced so far, and that all proceeds would go towards his recovery.

    This action figure was inspired by Sinbad’s 1990 HBO comedy special “Brain Damaged” and features Sinbad’s outfit during the routine.

    “His confidence, bold outfits, and confident manner always made a statement,” says a description for the figure. It also includes a towel and microphone. “This is Sinbad’s first action figure/art piece. It captures the iconic look that Sinbad can pull off.”

    Sinbad and his family continue to fight.

    “In his own words, “I am not finished.” His family stated on their website that he would not stop fighting until he can cross the stage again. “And neither will you.”

    Li Cohen is a trending reporter and social media producer for CBS News. He focuses on social justice issues.

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