Suzanne Somers had neck surgery after a horrific fall down some steps with her husband, Alan Hamel.
The 73-year-old media personality and wellness guru thanked followers for their worry in a statement posted on her website and social media sites, explaining why she had been absent from her Facebook Live show in recent weeks.
“As most of you know, I’ve been dealing with a fractured hip for the better part of the year, and then Alan and I experienced an awful fall while walking down the stairs at our home,” she wrote.
“I experienced a lot of pain after the fall that wasn’t going away – even after drinking tequila! Following many scans, it was found that I had two vertebrae out of place, which was putting pressure on nerves and causing the excruciating pain.”
Fortunately for Somers, it appears that the surgery she underwent resolved most of her problems.
“The good news is that I had neck surgery to rectify these problems, and I am now on the mend,” she explained. “I’ll need some time to recover before I can rejoin you at the bar for our virtual cocktail parties.”
“Unfortunately, we both fell at the same time,” he wrote. “We were at the top of stone steps leading from our bedroom when I stumbled on the edge of a boulder, lost my balance, and dragged Suzanne down on top of me because we were holding hands.”
“At the time, I felt it was a good thing that I was on the bottom and she was on top of me, so I could absorb the hit, but for some reason, it was the other way around.”
Hamel was not wounded in the accident, but Somers “was banged up fairly seriously,” according to Hamel.
“She immediately complained of neck and shoulder pain, and X-rays revealed that she had injured vertebrae that were crushing the nerves,” he explained. “The moment the surgery was over, the neck and shoulder pain she had been experiencing gradually decreased, and the only residual pain she has is from the surgery itself, which is already dissipating.”
Depending on how she performs, Hamel intends to resume their regular Facebook Live shows, but it all depends on how “she feels about it.” He also informed her that she would be required to wear a neck brace for the following five weeks.
“I’ve been fooling her that she looks like one of those dogs that wander around with one of those cones around their head since the neck brace,” he said, adding that she enjoys daily visits from a herd of bighorn sheep and a baby roadrunner that visits their bedroom window.
“Suzanne may appear to be a frail flower, but relative to the life she has lived, particularly her early life, she knows what it means to endure really harsh situations,” he concluded.
Suzanne, please be well soon!