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Terry Dubrow Expresses His Gratitude for Heather Dubrow After Serious Medical Scare (UPDATED)

The RHOC cast member pushed for her husband to go to the hospital despite his resistance.

By Allison Crist

UPDATE (August 10, 10:45 A.M.): Terry made a virtual appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on August 9 when Heather was a guest. There, he got emotional while recalling his health scare. "I'm gonna try to say this without crying, but the only reason I'm standing here today and not six feet under is because of my best friend and beloved wife's insistence that I go to the emergency room and get checked out," Terry said, tearing up. "She saved my life. That's just the way it goes. So, what can I say? I love my wife and she saved my life."

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Heather also got emotional, but joked, "I have a scheduled breakdown for September 8th. Do not do this to me right now!"

Hear more from the couple in the above WWHL clip.

The original story continues below.

Dr. Terry Dubrow is opening up about a health scare he recently experienced, as well as the role his wife, Heather Dubrow, played in essentially saving his life. 

The Botched doctor told TMZ that on the evening of August 3, he and Heather were out to eat with their son when all of a sudden, he began slurring his speech.

Terry wasn’t afflicted for very long — less than a minute, in fact — but he said Heather wasn’t taking any chances, so The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member had their son call 911. Terry was admittedly “embarrassed” by the spectacle when paramedics arrived on the scene to take his vitals, and even more so when they said he was fine, only for Heather to insist they take him to the hospital. So he apparently hopped into an Uber and headed home. 

However, while Terry was doing that, he said Heather was busy calling a few of his doctor friends. And when they relayed just how serious the situation had the potential to be, he was finally convinced to go to the hospital.

Heather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow pose for a photo together.

Upon his arrival, Terry said he was subjected to a series of tests, during which doctors discovered he had experienced a “transient ischemic attack” (TIA). This apparently causes stroke-like symptoms. 

What’s more, according to Terry, doctors also discovered that he had a patent foramen ovale (PFO), “which is a hole in the heart that didn’t close the way it should after birth.” A blood clot had apparently passed through the PFO before traveling to his brain and causing the TIA.

Thankfully, doctors fixed Terry’s PFO that same day, and he’s now fine. In fact, he said he’s already been cleared to perform surgery and do high-intensity workouts, not to mention be grateful for his diligent wife!

Heather has since opened up about the incident in a post on Instagram, writing, “I love this man with my whole heart. I’m beyond grateful that Terry’s ok, this could have gone very differently. If you see someone having stroke-like symptoms get them to the Hospital. You have [five] hours to get them treatment. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the doctors, nurses and techs at Hoag Hospital and everyone involved who helped us during this very scary time. Thank you for your kind messages, Terry and I are overwhelmed by your love and support.”

For his part, in a separate post, Terry added, “Listen to your partner. What you perceive may be different than what they are observing. Seconds may mean the difference between life and death. I love you [Heather].”

Keep up with Heather and Terry on RHOC, which airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 8/7c and the next day on Peacock. You can also take a look back at Heather and Terry’s 27-year relationship.

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