The Washington Examiner reported this week that conservative YouTube and radio star Steven Crowder had been hospitalized again after undergoing surgery earlier this year to avert a potentially fatal condition.
The comedian and political commentator put out a tweet on Tuesday afternoon in which he outlined the situation using his customarily colorful language.
“Last night took a turn for the worse,” Crowder wrote, according to the Examiner. “Ever actually get so close that you can physically feel death? He’s a d***. The good news is, it’s fixable and these things happen. I’ll be back before you know it. Thanks for the support.”
Conservative personality hospitalized
The Examiner noted that Crowder announced earlier this month that he had surgery in June to correct a condition known as pectus excavatum.
“Pectus excavatum is a condition in which a person’s breastbone is sunken into his or her chest,” the Mayo Clinic explains on its website.
“In severe cases, pectus excavatum can look as if the center of the chest has been scooped out, leaving a deep dent,” it adds. The condition “can eventually interfere with the function of the heart and lungs.”
Recovery progresses slowly
Crowder posted a photo on Instagram on July 22 that featured a video of himself at a shooting range. He wrote that “about the only thing I CAN do post-surgery (right now at the 2.5-week mark) is shoot handguns at the range. Even light recoiling rifles would be… Ill-advised.”
Crowder went on to say that his recovery was going “okay” but that he had “been retaining fluid around the lungs, so everything is excruciatingly painful.”
“But the good folks at Mayo have been trying at-home options to accelerate the healing process here, as the next stop would involve being re-admitted and popping in another chest tube,” Crowder added, pointing out that such a development “would suck.”
A “mild lung collapse”
The conservative pundit put out a tweet the following day that revealed he’d suffered a “mild lung collapse.”
“Sounds worse than it is, and I’ll get the function back, but recovery is going to take longer than I was aiming for. Apologies. Updates soon,” he said.
Crowder, who was raised in Canada, has long been a proponent of private health care and has long warned of the drawbacks of a government-run system. In 2009, he visited a Canadian hospital while wearing a hidden camera to document excessive wait times and lack of service.