Monday, February 4, 2008

William Shatner’s routine hip replacement turns into life-or-death drama

William ShatnerWilliam Shatner underwent routine hip replacement surgery - which turned into life-threatening health crisis, according to a shocking report from the US.

The 77-year-old 'Star Trek' legend reportedly developed heart complications on the operating table following his Jan. 25 procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a Hollywood source told the National Enquirer.

"The hip replacement surgery went fine," the source said. "But William's heart started beating erratically. For a few seconds, it looked like he might die on the table."

The "Boston Legal" star was quickly stabilized, but "he was pretty shook up when they told him about the heart complication," the source said.

"Until now he's had no real medical problems. But he's overweight and out of shape, so hearing he had a heart problem scared the hell out of him."

Now recovering at home, "William feels fine and he's already walking," the source said. "William said he's going to drop some weight and start taking better care of himself."

The cardiac complication suffered by Shatner is potentially lethal, say experts.

Such heart rhythm disturbances can easily lead to severe heart attacks, long-term heart damage, and even sudden death if they aren't addressed quickly, according to doctors.

By Owen Williams, Feb 05 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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