Denise Nickerson, who played the human blueberry Violet as a child actress in the beloved 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, can’t walk or talk after a massive stroke, her son Josh Nickerson told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“My mother had a massive, massive stoke and she’s not fully cognizant,” Josh revealed on Wednesday, July 11 about his mom, who is in a hospital ICU.
Sadly, 61-year-old Denise’s son told Radar of the family crisis, “We’re not sure when she’s going to be able to leave the hospital as she’s not able to care for herself. She can’t walk. She can’t talk.”
News broke today that Denise, who was 13 years old when she played gum-chewing Violet in the colorful film starring Gene Wilder, is in critical condition after suffering a stroke, according to her family.
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Now Josh, her only son, has updated Radar on her status, saying, “She’s able to do some light movement but still, her right side is immobile. We’re taking this extremely hard and want her to get better but right now, it’s hard. Her stroke was really massive.”
He told how on Tuesday, June 19, his mom “called me and told me to come help her because she’d fallen down. She was in her room on the opposite side of the apartment. I rushed over to get her and when I did I brought her to the hospital and doctors told us she had ventricular tachycardia. On Saturday June 23 at 9 am, she was hospitalized again and the next day doctors said it was a stoke.
“She has been sick for a couple weeks with pneumonia and was on antibiotics. The antibiotics caused her to have irregular heartbeats. She had a lot of health problems. She was on several medications and that combination just shut down her body. She had heart rate spikes of dangerous levels. We’re confident she’s going to leave but the hospital doesn’t want to rush anything because she’s had so many different episodes,” Josh said.
“We’ve been in the hospital with her for three weeks. No one knows when she’s going to go home. She’s got a permanent feeding tube because she can’t swallow. Doctors are saying if she makes it out of this she’ll be discharged to a rehabilitation center.”
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