Benton Harbor Community Rallies Around Sinbad Following Heath Update
It was 2020 when comedian and Benton Harbor native Sinbad suffered a debilitating stroke. Now two years later the family has given an update on his condition and with it came an outpouring of love and support from his hometown.
The family shared via a personal site and donation page:
On October 25, 2020, Sinbad suffered an ischemic stroke as a result of a blood clot that traveled from his heart to his brain. He was rushed into surgery at West Hills Medical Center that night where the doctor’s performed a thrombectomy to remove the clot and restore normal blood flow to the brain. After surgery, Sinbad was talking and moving with some weakness, but the prognosis was very promising. The next day, however, another blood clot formed, half the size of the first. He underwent the same surgery again successfully but it took a little more from him than the first surgery.
Following further complications
Sinbad moved through acute care facilities where he was weaned off the ventilator and eventually cleared to start intense therapy. In May of 2021, he was admitted to California Rehabilitation Institute and began physical, occupational, and speech therapy. It was there Sinbad started to make considerable progress toward recovery.
On July 7, 2021, nearly nine months after the initial stroke, Sinbad finally came home. He continues to receive therapy, fighting for every inch. His progress is nothing short of remarkable.
The family also shared this photo of the actor and comedian's physical therapy work.
After news broke of the health update, an outpouring of love and support came from the Benton Harbor community where Sinbad is better known and remembered as David Adkins, the son of a prominent minister.
Benton Harbor's mayor, Marcus Muhammad, took to Facebook and spoke for the people of Sinbad's hometown.
On behalf of the entire City of Benton Harbor we send special prayers to our shining star....We are praying for a complete recovery
Many others commented their support and prayer hand emojis.
If you want to take a look back at Sinbad's early career and standup, several specials are streaming on Netflix.