Actor and comedian Sinbad’s family talks about his recovery from a stroke in 2020 and says in an update that the TV and movie star has made “significant progress beyond what was expected, but there are still miles to go.”
Sinbad, born David Adkins, became famous with his HBO stand-up specials and working on sitcoms such as “A Different World” and the short-lived “The Sinbad Show.”
He also starred in several films, including “Houseguest,” “First Kid,” and the Christmas comedy “Jingle All the Way.”
He had a stroke on October 25, 2020 as a result of a blood clot that moved from his heart to his brain, prompting him to “undergo a thrombectomy to remove the clot and restore normal blood flow to the brain,” according to a website his family created to keep fans informed about his journey.
Sinbad was able to talk and move with discomfort after surgery. His initial prognosis was good before he had another blood clot the next day, so he underwent the same operation again. He was taken to another hospital, where doctors said he had brain swelling, his family said.
“Our hearts were devastated. The path to recovery became unclear and extremely difficult for the family to follow,” the family said.
“It would be weeks before he opened his eyes, spoke, or showed signs of basic mobility. It wasn’t long before we realized he couldn’t move his left side or simply hold his head up. The more time passed, the more the family found out how much had been lost.”
The family said Sinbad spent months going to various facilities and was removed from a ventilator. He would also start therapy.
Sinbad had finally made “significant progress” after being admitted to the California Rehabilitation Institute for therapy in May 2021, his family said.
“On July 7, 2021, almost nine months after the first stroke, Sinbad finally came home. He continues to receive treatment and is fighting for every inch. His progress is nothing short of remarkable. Limbs that were said to be “dead” come to life and he takes the necessary steps to learn to walk again. In his own words, “I’m not done yet. I won’t stop fighting until I can go on stage again. “And neither will we,” the family said.
According to the website, fans helped Sinbad get to that point.