When it comes to health issues, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon doesn’t seem to take a break. In February 2021, the actor underwent spinal surgery after an accident on ice, according to Us Weekly. In an Instagram post, he wrote, “With a rare condition and a slip up a week ago I’m having spinal surgery in an hour.”
Later that year, Brendon had trouble walking due to “paralysis in his genitals and legs,” according to Page Six. According to another Page Six report, Brendon’s August 2021 arrest on prescription fraud felony charges aggravated his spinal problems. His manager Theresa Fortier told the Daily Mail: “So sleeping on a cement floor with other inmates wasn’t exactly conducive to healing and it made his injury worse and he’s been in immense pain with numbness and paralysis ever since.” She also explained that he needed a second procedure , and wrote, “The hospital needs to take him for another spinal surgery to correct whatever happened.” Unfortunately, the actor just had another flare-up in his health.
Nicholas Brendon was taken to the emergency room
Nicholas Brendon’s sister has revealed details about the alarming health issues that have recently landed her brother in hospital. On August 16, she posted a series of Instagram photos of Brendon, including him on a stretcher in an ambulance. She captioned the pics: “Nicky is fine now but had to be taken to the ER for a heart attack (tachycardia/arrhythmia) about two weeks ago. Some of you may recall that he had a similar incident after his second spinal surgery last year (for cauda equina), but this time.” According to WebMD, cauda equina syndrome, which requires emergency surgery, affects the roots of the spinal nerves and can lead to paralysis.
The unfortunate news was also shared on Brendon’s Twitter account. In both social media posts, his sister mentioned Brendon’s focus on self-care and medical treatment. Fans poured in support and positive thoughts for the actor. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan account commented“We love you Nicky, you are forever our beloved Xander, God bless you.” Another person wrote, “You are Buffy’s strength…we love you so much” with an accompanying Xander GIF. We wish Brendon a speedy and healthy recovery.