Dan Dotson

On the reality TV show Storage Wars, husband and wife auctioneering team Dan and Laura Dotson are known for their wonderful, quick patter. One morning in mid-June, though, Dan woke up feeling terrible. He’d had a poor night’s sleep (Laura had heard him muttering “weird” things) and his vision was blurry and strange. When he finally got up, he took a shower to try and clear his head. But outside the shower, Dotson collapsed. He stopped breathing. Laura called the paramedics, and Dotson was rushed to the hospital. There he was diagnosed with brain aneurysms: not just one aneurysm, but two. Laura Dotson reported that her husband was initially given between a 4% and 20% chance of survival. Dotson underwent emergency brain surgery. The procedure went even better than the doctors had hoped, and Dotson’s damage was not as extensive as doctors had feared. The star not only survived, but began recuperating quickly. Just two weeks after his aneurysm rupture and emergency surgery, Dotson had his belongings packed and was anxious to hear that he could leave the ICU. He was only waiting, he tweeted his fans, for “pants & permission.” Presumably he received both, for Dotson soon began recuperating at home.

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