Demi Lovato Reveals She Had Three Strokes And A Heart Attack After Her Overdose

February 18, 2021 / Posted by:

Back in July 2018, it was reported that Demi Lovato was found unresponsive due to a possible heroin overdose in her home, and thankfully she pulled through and went into treatment. It was the best ending that anyone could have hoped for, but as Demi explains in her upcoming YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, she actually suffered more than just an overdose.

The trailer for Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil dropped online yesterday, and the whole documentary won’t be available until March 23rd. So on that date, we’ll surely learn much more about what happened to Demi in 2018, and how her sober journey has progressed since then. As you’ll see from the trailer, she also explores her past as a Disney Channel star, her relationship with fame, and her parents. Demi covers it all! Even her giant multi-million dollar engagement ring that was placed on her hand by Max Ehrich makes an appearance (then quickly does a disappearing act). But the real story here is her overdose and subsequent recovery. Demi says that after she suffered a reported opioid overdose, she also suffered three strokes, one heart attack and that the doctors told her she had about 5 to 10 more minutes before her overdose could have been fatal. You can watch it beginning at the 1:38 mark below:

Demi spoke more about her overdose while appearing on a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association yesterday. She explained that she didn’t just walk out of the hospital with a giant green checkmark on her chart. She experiences lingering and lasting effects of her overdose, like brain damage and bad vision. via People magazine:

“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today. I don’t drive a car, because I have blind spots on my vision. And I also for a long time had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was like two months later because my vision was so blurry.

I dealt with a lot of the repercussions and I feel like they are still there to remind me of what could happen if I ever get into a dark place again. I’m grateful for those reminders, but I’m so grateful that I was someone that didn’t have to do a lot of rehabbing. The rehabbing came on the emotional side.”

Demi added that she wouldn’t change anything about what happened after her overdose because everything happened to her so that she would learn what she learned. Okay yes, that’s true, but like, personally, maybe I’d go back in time and ask the universe to take back of my side effects out. Although if Demi is grateful, then I can’t argue with that. And if there is one bright side to all this, it’s that Demi can continue to be the legend of honesty and bullshit-refusing icon-in-training that we know her to be. For example, the next time she wants to call out someone, she can say: “I’ve got blind spots in my eyes, and even I can see you’re full of crap.

Pic: Instagram

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