Country singer Drake White reveals he’s suffering from brain ailment
Days after Drake White suffered an alarming collapse at an outdoor concert, the country music singer revealed that he has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation.
The ailment is an irregular coil of brain veins and arteries that disrupt blood flow. He was diagnosed with it in January, but waited to tell his story.
“It was basically stealing blood from my brain,” the “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” musician told People in July, weeks before the August health scare. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time because it could have been a stroke.”
The 35-year-old musician stumbled while performing in Roanoke, Va., on Aug 16. One of his bandmates was able to catch him before tumbling.
White is currently receiving a series of embolization procedures to cut off the blood flow to the affected vessels. Doctors aren’t sure if his near-collapse is related to the treatment.
White has had at least four prior procedures — the latest on Aug. 12, just four days before his Roanoke scare — and he’s determined to keep up his jam-packed touring schedule.
“I’m not telling this story for me,” said White. “Someone needs to hear it and God wants me to share it. It will help people in miracles, and I will feel that energy.”
White told People that he first felt something was wrong last winter after developing a persistent headache. He was in bed seeing spots and his left side was becoming numb. Soon after, he and his wife, Alex, rushed to the hospital.
Now, Alex is grateful that her husband is recovering.
“Drake and I are grateful to God and all he has done,” she said. “He has worked miracles in the last 24 hours.”