CHILD STAR ‘DEE’ FROM ‘WHAT’S HAPPENING” ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY BRAIN SURGERY ON BLEEDING HEMATOMA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (Monday, October 1, 2018) — Dr. Danielle Spencer, better known as ‘Dee’ the former child star of 70s ABC sitcom classic “What’s Happening!!” has announced emergency Brain Surgery on bleeding hematoma. Dr. Danielle played the character “Dee” who was the personification of the typical annoying bratty little sister centered around teenagers and their antics while growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. The role of “Dee Thomas,” became an American household name and her character was most notably known for her wisecracking banter.
Exactly 41 years to the date of her major car accident resulting in the untimely death of her father Actor Tim Pelt, Dr. Danielle experienced a massive headache. Due to the bleeding of the brain and enormous headaches it left her unresponsive and caused her to almost succumbed to her illness. After going back and forth to the doctor for medicine, the headache persisted until on the third day she became unconscious. With quick action from expert doctors, they did emergency brain surgery on the bleeding hematoma she received from that car accident so long ago.
The surgery was a success and she must now heal and recover. As of today it is not known how long she will be in recovery because of her previous bout with cancer and spinal injury. Friends of Dr. Danielle have started a Go Funding Page as they are all claiming a successful prognosis she will continue to have a long recovery and stint in rehab again and funds raised will help with treatment, medication and sustaining.
Danielle was critically injured in a near fatal car crash which left her in a coma for three weeks, along with broken bones in her leg, arm and pelvis. Those same injuries, although years later, ultimately impaired her ability to walk confining her to a wheelchair until she underwent intensive physical therapy at The Kessler Physical Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, New Jersey. While there she learned to walk again which she presently does. On the the heels of a successful book tour, practicing, veterinary medicine, planning to open a mentoring organization for youth teens who aspired to be veterinarian’s her life again turned to misfortune in 2014 when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and had to undergo treatment and a double Mastectomy.
Dr. Danielle Spencer’s Go Fund Me Page: https://www.gofundme.com/friendsofdrdaniellespencer
About Dr. Danielle Spencer:
In 1993 Danielle became a doctor practicing her second love, which is Veterinary medicine. Dr. Danielle has lent her talents to various television and film projects, which included a guest appearance as a veterinarian in Jack Nicholson’s film “As a Good As It Gets” (1997) and Peter Rabbit and the Crucifix (2001). Over the years Danielle has appeared in NBC’s soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (2001). She was featured in USA’s TV Land Confidential: Untold Stories” (2007). She was also recognized for her trademark phrase “Oooh I’m Gonna Tell Mama” on the TV miniseries “100 Greatest Quotes and Catch Phrases” (2006). Danielle kept busy as a child star making guest appearances on such iconic shows such as “The Brady Bunch Special (1977), Christmas at Walt Disney-world (1978), “The Tap Dance Kid” (1978), USA’s “The Family Feud” (1979) and “Soul Train” (1987).Danielle was recognized with an award at the fourth annual “The TV Land Awards” in 2006 for the brattiest kid on television, a few years ago, Dr Danielle received the distinction of being the first black female child to star regularly in a television series as exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American history and culture in Washington DC. achievements she truly relishes. On the rise she continued to not let her disability and illness stop her. Recently starring in Jeremy Cormier’s “Even A Good Many Is Tempted.” As an ICON whose memorable work on the show What’s Happening, career as a veterinarian and author will be preserved, remembered, researched and exhibited for years to come. Enduring adversity, Dr. Spencer’s strength as an over comer is apparent.