Joni Mitchell Health Update

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Photo source: Joni Mitchell.com

Photo via Joni Mitchell.com

A post on Mitchell’s official website finally reveals that she suffered an aneurysm on March 31, 2015, when the famed singer-songwriter was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home and taken to UCLA Medical Center. It also reports that she is now back at her Bel Air residence and recovering.

“Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm,” says a statement approved by her friend and conservator Leslie Morris. “However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative [referring to an interview with David Crosby on The Huffington Post]. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she’s speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies…. [S]he’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected.”

Rumors about Mitchell’s health were also exacerbated when the gossip website TMZ.com posted on April 28 said she was in a coma, unresponsive, and not expected to recover. A number of publications and sites reported on the story until a statement on the Mitchell site clarified that “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses.”

Mitchell is no stranger to health issues. At age eight she contracted polio and was hospitalized, and has been an unrepentant smoker since she was nine years old. Retired from recording and touring, the seven-time Grammy winner suffers from Morgellons Disease, a controversial, self-diagnosed condition with a wide range of dermatological symptoms that include scratching, itching and burning feelings, often accompanied by the emergence of threads, strings, and filaments from the skin of the sufferers. Studies performed and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that Morgellons is a psychosomatic disorder.

Fans can post messages and wishes for her recovery at WeLoveYouJoni.com.

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