Well, if Kim Zolciak gets the axe on the next results installment of “Dancing With The Stars,” she has a ready excuse: The 37-year-old star of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” suffered a mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack, in Atlanta early Wednesday morning. The outspoken reality star even lost the ability to speak.
CNN reported September 24 that Kim Zolciak, after flying home to Atlanta from Los Angeles after her appearance Tuesday evening on “Dancing With The Stars,” suffered a mini-stroke shortly after landing in her home town. According to an Instagram posting, she was paralyzed on her left side and could not speak.
Zolciak posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed on Instagram later Wednesday, acknowledging her husband, Kroy Bierman, and others for their swift action in getting her to a hospital. By the time she posted the photo, she said she had regained 100 percent of her feeling and was already looking forward to getting released from the hospital.
A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is, according to the American Stroke Association, a temporary blockage of an artery by a blood clot. It is the same condition as undergoing a stroke, only of shorter duration. Although most TIA’s last an average of one minute, they can last as long as five minutes, continuing until the clot dissolves. The attacks are commonly called mini-strokes but are also characterized as “warning strokes,” because such attacks could be a precedent for worse attacks in the future and, as such, can lead to permanent levels of brain damage and various degrees of paralysis that impacts speech, eyesight, and motor functions.
Kim Zolciak is part of the cast of Season 21 of ABC’s reality competition show “Dancing With The Stars,” which has currently completed two eliminations on its way to crowning a season champion. Although Zolciak’s dancing is nowhere near the calibre of a Jennifer Grey (the “Dirty Dancing” actress who won Season 11) or even a Bristol Palin (the reality show star that came in third place that same season), she has managed to avoid elimination on the show twice, perhaps due to slightly better scoring by the judges than her competitors that were axed. It is as yet uncertain if she will be released by her doctors to continue to compete, but TMZ reported that she was up and practicing her routine for Monday’s upcoming show with professional dance partner Tony Dovolani in her hospital room.
“Dancing With The Stars” airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC Television. Zolciak was an original cast member of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta,” until she left the show after Season 5. Bravo network renewed the reality series for an eighth season in June.