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Pauley Perrette Reveals What Saved Her Life While She Was Having A Stroke

Former NCIS star Pauley Perrette recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss the massive stroke she suffered last year. The actress opened up about how she learned of her condition and what ultimately saved her life.

Perrette woke up one morning and couldn’t feel her right side of her body. She assumed she had just slept in an odd position and thought nothing of it, but as she became more aware, she realized it was much worse. She couldn’t tell if her finger was touching her face or not; likewise, she could have “cut my finger off and wouldn’t have known.” and not known. Her doctor advised her to visit the emergency department immediately, so she drove there immediately.

“It’s 9/2 Last year, I had a huge stroke. Before that, I’d lost so many loved ones and friends; and my father And then Cousin Wayne, who was still a survivor after all of this traumatic life I’d been given thus far…And yet again grateful, full of hope, and STILL HERE!,” she wrote to Twitter.


Even though Perrette had a later phone appointment with her physical therapist, she didn’t believe it was necessary to go to the ER. However, after insistance from her doctor who said that even her therapist would say the same, she finally went to the Emergency Room.

“Walked into the ER and said, ‘Hey, I can’t feel the right-hand side of my body and…’ BAM! OMG! I was on a gurney with a million things stuck in my arms and a bunch of medical people rushing me somewhere,” she told ET. “They know how serious a stroke is and how immediate care is imperative.”

Perrette was taken to the stroke unit at a hospital. From speech to mobility, everything was evaluated. She reexperienced “lingering effects” for a few months afterwards, but is now “totally” fine. She believes that informing others about her experience will raise awareness of the symptoms of a stroke. We can save ourselves and others by recognizing indications of a stroke, she claimed. Visit Stroke Awareness for more information if you want to learn more about strokes.

In mid-September, Perrette said she had a “massive stroke” last year amid a tough time in her life. “Before that, I lost so many beloved family and friends, and daddy, and then Cousin Wayne,” she went on. “Yet still a survivor after this traumatic life I’ve been given so far… And still so grateful, Still so full of faith, And STILL HERE!”

Abby Sciuto, Perrette’s character on NCIS, has been a favorite since the series premiered in 2003. She also portrayed her on JAG, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans. In 2020, she appeared in the short-lived CBS comedy Broke before leaving NCIS the following year. Months later, while acknowledging his retirement from acting on Twitter, Perrette stated that Broke was her last television project.

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