"Malcolm in the Middle's" Frankie Muniz Had a Stroke Last Week
Health Scare for the Former "Malcolm in the Middle Star"
Yesterday, Frankie Muniz, he of mostly "Malcolm in the Middle" fame, surprised fans by tweeting that he'd been hospitalized last friday -- for a stroke. A stroke? He's a 26 year- old kid! What gives?
Speaking to Good Morning America about the harrowing ordeal, Muniz, who, despite a recent guest spot on Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23, has mostly given up acting for a life as a race car driver, said "I couldn't say words. I thought I was saying them and my fiance was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language."
Scary indeed. (There was once an episode of "E.R." where Cynthia Nixon of "Sex and the City" fame had the same thing happen - that show scared the heck out of me.)
According to ABC news, the "mini stroke" that Muniz had is described as a "tiny lapse in blood flow to the brain" as opposed to a regular stroke that's much more severe. They're apparently caused by narrowed blood vessels or blood clots that prevent blood from reaching the brain.
Happily, they're mostly survivable but can lead to an increased risk of a full stroke later in life. Muniz isn't taking this lying down. "Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!' he tweeted.