Gary Coleman Stood Little Chance Of Surviving If He Experienced 'Large Amount Of Bleeding,' A Neurologist Tells

Fri, May 28, 2010 6:30pm EST by Add first Comment
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The Diff’rent Strokes comedian’s brain was bleeding so heavily the “neurosurgeon probably didn’t know where to start,” a top neurologist tells us

Gary Coleman died today, May 28, after hitting his head and suffering a massive intracranial hemorrhage, but although the 42-year-old Diff’rent Strokes actor regained consciousness on the 27th, he most likely never had a prayer of surviving once his brain began bleeding, a neurologist tells

“Usually the patient experiences a severe headache and then they usually lose consciousness,” Dr. Dexter Sun, a neurologist from Weill Cornell Medical College, explains to us. “An intracranial, in layman’s terms, is basically bleeding inside the skull, or brain tissue. When you have bleeding in the brain, it increases the pressure and can cause brain herniation. The pressure increases and it has no place to go.”

Could doctors have saved the actor before it was too late? Dr. Sun says it’s not likely.

“Some people have a small amount of bleeding and it’s no problem, but some people have a lot,” he tells us. “It depends on the amount and the pressure. For [Gary], [the hemorrhage] was so big that the neurosurgeon probably didn’t know where to start. It’s very hard when there’s that much blood in the brain.”

–Kirstin Benson



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