Drake White Shares Details of Rare Brain Disorder That Caused Recent Stage Collapse

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Drake White opens up about Brain condition that caused collapse
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Fans of Drake White have been on pins and needles since the incredibly talented singer and songwriter collapsed on stage in Virginia right after he started his set. With the exception of a couple of posts on social media assuring us that he would be OK, no other details have been revealed regarding what caused the event, until now.

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The “Livin’ the Dream” singer has now revealed that he has a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which, according to the Mayo Clinic website, is “a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. The arteries are responsible for taking oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. Veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart. A brain AVM disrupts this vital process.”

Drake, who was about to go public with his health issue, shared additional details in an interview with People.

“It was basically stealing blood from my brain,” he said during an interview in July. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time because it could have caused a stroke.”

After undergoing tests to figure out his diagnosis, Drake was seeing an neurologist who gave him the answers.

“The next thing I know, there is a guy walking in with the word ‘neurologist’ on his nameplate,” Drake said. “He told me, ‘You have a mass in the back of your head. It’s treatable, but it’s going to take a while.’ It was at that moment Alex and I said to each other that whatever it is, we would battle through it. Our faith went into overdrive.”

The high-energy performer, who began experiencing symptoms over the winter, has since undergone four embolization procedures to correct the condition, including one just four days prior to the show in Virginia.

“He has to space them out due to my brain being used to the amount of blood flow for 35 years,” the singer revealed. “If he had embolized the whole mass in one surgery, it would cause major problems with my mobility and maybe a stroke.”

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Drake goes on to say, “I’m not telling this story for me. Someone needs to hear it and God wants me to share it. It will help people believe in miracles, and I will feel that energy. The world needs that kind of energy right now.”

The “Livin’ the Dream” singer hopes to be AVM-free by the end of 2019.

Drake took to Instagram to thank family and friends for their support. “Hey my friends – I am beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers and good vibes the past few days. I’ve felt them all. I’m gonna take some time to rest up and I can’t wait to get back out there with y’all.”

We wish Drake a speedy recovery.