RHOA star NeNe Leakes’ son, 23, in hospital after suffering ‘stroke and heart attack’
11th October 2022

Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes has shared the news that her son Brentt Leakes has been hospitalised after he suffered congestive heart failure and a stroke, at the age of just 23.

The club owner first fell ill two weeks ago and was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment after a serious health episode left him struggling to speak.

The news first leaked on TMZ on Monday, with Nene forced to confirm the news herself a short while later on Instagram.

“This isn’t how I wanted it to come out…” she began. “We wanted to wait until Brentt was in a better place but here I am. I would rather be correcting the out there, than something that’s not correct. "

In a series of videos shared on her Instagram stories, the 54 year old star revealed that Brentt’s doctors were still looking for answers to find the cause of his sickness as she urged fans at home to keep him and his family in their prayers.

NeNe said: "Two weeks ago today, Brentt had congestive heart failure and a stroke.

"He's only 23 so he's really young for something like that to happen to him.

"They have run a number of tests on him to see what could have possibly made this happen to him and we are still trying to figure it out.

"If we knew the cause, obviously they could treat the cause.”

As part of their investigations, doctors have explored a number of possible causes for Brentt’s terrifying health scare, including a suspected past Covid infection, although so far, no conclusive diagnosis has been made.

NeNe also revealed that while Brentt is now stable and recovering, he is still struggling with his speech in the wake of his stroke, with the star’s son now likely to require intense rehabilitation treatment for the next several months.

She even admitted she was considering selling Brentt’s nightclub as he continued to recover.

NeNe added: "It was very scary. Obviously, a stroke is a very serious thing so he’s struggling with speaking. He's in good spirits, we are just shocked. I am baffled."

"He has shown some improvement and we are really happy and blessed for that.”

The latest health scare isn’t the first to have rocked the family in recent years after NeNe herself suffered blood clots in her lungs back in 2013.

The reality star had reported feeling unwell at the time and a little short of breath, so went to see her doctor who shockingly diagnosed her with blood clothes in her lung – a potentially life threatening condition.

The clots had been a result of NeNe’s constant travelling around the country, with medics revealing that she was lucky it had been caught so early.

“I'm thankful to be alive as the doctor advised me that most people don't recognise the symptoms of blood clots and don't go to the doctor and that's when the big problems start happening," she told her followers on Twitter.

In September last year, her husband and Brentt’s father Gregg Leakes also also sadly lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of just 66.

He was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2018.


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