Sinbad Learning to Walk and ‘Fighting’ to Get Better – Two Years After Stroke

LOS ANGELES - AUG 02: Sinbad arrives to the FOX Summer TCA 2018 All-Star Party on August 2, 2018 in Hollywood, CA. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Sinbad is making slow, yet “remarkable” progress two years after he suffered a debilitating stroke, his family said Monday.

“Sinbad appreciates all the love and support you have shown him over the last two years. Many of you have asked for updates and if there is anything Sinbad needs or what you can do to help,” family members shared in a post on the actor and comedian’s verified Instagram page.

The post included a picture of the comic using a walker during a physical therapy session.

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Family members said they set up a website to provide updates on Sinbad’s recovery and to collect donations to help with his increasing medical costs.

The site includes a statement from Sinbad, 66, who said he is determined to get better.

“I am not done. I will not stop fighting until I can walk across the stage again,” he said.

The comedian, whose birth name is David Adkins, suffered a stroke as a result of a blood clot traveling from his heart to his brain on Oct. 25, 2020.

He was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, where doctors performed a procedure “to remove the clot and restore normal blood flow to the brain,” according to his website.

“After surgery, Sinbad was talking and moving with some weakness, but the prognosis was very promising,” his family said.

The next day, another blood clot formed and he needed a second surgery.

“He was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where the doctors indicated that his brain had begun to swell,” his family said. “They performed a craniotomy to relieve the pressure and reduce the swelling. During surgery, however, the doctors discovered a bleed.”

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The Cosby Show and A Different World alum was placed in a medically induced coma and connected to a ventilator.

Weeks later, he opened his eyes, but his family soon realized he couldn’t move the left side of his body or lift his head.

Over the next several months, he was treated at acute care facilities, weaned off the ventilator, and started intense physical therapy. The comedian went home on July 7, 2021.

“His progress is nothing short of remarkable,” his family said. “Limbs that were said to be ‘dead’ are coming alive and he’s taking the steps necessary to learn to walk again.”

However, his medical care has taken a financial toll on the family.

“The costs of therapy far exceed what insurance covers,” the website says. “We created this site as an avenue for those who would like to lend their support and contribute in some way. All gifts will go to the Adkins Trust to help provide for Sinbad’s care and help him continue to fight this battle.”