Joni Mitchell ‘Making Good Progress’ Following Brain Aneurysm
Joni Mitchell is recovering from a brain aneurysm she suffered earlier this year, and reportedly she's "making good progress." According to fellow singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the 71-year-old Mitchell is getting better.
"I have just heard from a close mutual friend that Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day, and making good progress," Collins wrote on her Facebook page. "I have another friend who went through something similar -- it does take a long time, three years for my friend, who has really totally recovered professionally and personally. I will try my best to see our songbird when I am in L.A. in the coming weeks."
The last we heard on this subject, back in June, Mitchell's legal guardian issued a statement regarding her health after weeks of rumors were speculating on whether the singer would ever recover: "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. 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. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected."
Prior to that statement, everyone from old pal David Crosby to various news sources were reporting that Mitchell's condition was not looking good. Rumors surfaced that she was in a coma and, later, that she was struggling to speak.
Mitchell was hospitalized in late March after she was found unconscious in her home. After weeks of speculation -- Mitchell admitted to having a rare skin disease last year -- news was finally confirmed that she had a brain aneurysm and was slowly recovering. Collins' recent update follows Mitchell's attorney's claims that the singer was "seated at her kitchen table feeding herself lunch."
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