Celine Dion's Terrifying Seizure Captured in New Doc Amid Health Struggles

Celine Dion reveals personal struggles in new documentary scene.

by Zain ul Abedin
Celine Dion's Terrifying Seizure Captured in New Doc Amid Health Struggles
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In a heartrending segment of the new Prime Video documentary "I Am: Suffering a severe seizure: Celine Dion," is a dramatic and personal account of one of the most famous singers, Celine Dion, who has recently faced stiff person syndrome – a rather rare neurological disorder causing muscle stiffness and spasms.

The shocking scenes show that Dion’s condition is far worse than what anyone would imagine making her situation a perfect example of the many challenges that people with such conditions face. The film portrays a simple physical checkup that transforms into an emergency as Dion a 56-year-old man writhes helplessly due to spasms.

Her sports medicine therapist, Terrill Lobo adds the mechanical aspect of her condition where muscle contractions do not relax and, therefore, make them very painful for her to endure for a long time. Things get more dramatic as Dion is put on a massage table, and her condition moves to the next level – seizure.

In the middle of a storm, medical staff desperately try to give Valium, a drug for the nervous system to Dion who was found rolling on the floor, face down and obviously in severe pain. The circumstance becomes even more tragic when, despite being a quadriplegic and with her eyes opened wide, Dion is able to convey to one of her medical attendants that she is aware of her surroundings by squeezing her hand.

As Dion's muscular convulsions increase, the emotional experience comes to the foreground. Her face is wet from crying, whenever she tries to catch her breath the sobs get louder and more intense. The medical team quickly reacts, administering a nasal spray to lessen the severity of the seizure, thus avoiding her being taken to the hospital right away.

Once stabilized, Dion even sings about her embarrassment feeling how she was deprived of the power, a rare instance of emotional outburst. This is echoed by a girl who, when sharing her thoughts with those in the room, says, “I don’t know how to express it, like, it’s just … you know, like, to not have control of yourself?” Lobo blames the cause of the seizure on overstimulation of the brain, which could have been a result of singing in the studio just before her condition caught up with her.

It also shows that apart from her health issues, she aims to get back to performing despite cancelled tours and postponed residencies. Subsequently, Dion regains her strength and wipes her tears to assert, “If I can’t run, I’ll walk. If I can’t walk, I’ll crawl. But I won’t stop. ”

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