Donny Osmond, 63, details becoming paralysed after surgery


‘It feels like coming back from the dead’: Donny Osmond, 63, details becoming paralysed after contracting an infection following back surgery and gushes over his miracle recovery

  • In 2019, the Seventies icon discovered his spine had shifted due to dancing injuries he went under the knife – before contracting an infection 
  • The infection left him unable to move and temporarily paralysed 
  • Attributing a strong mindset and his Mormon faith with helping him recover, Donny confessed that he feels as though he has ‘come back from the dead’ 
  • Donny made his singing and TV debut when he was just five years old, in a 1963 airing of The Andy Williams Show, on which he performed with his brothers 


Donny Osmond has detailed his health woes, after he became temporarily paralysed following back and neck surgery in 2019.

The Seventies icon, 63, revealed to Mirror that after he discovered his spine had shifted due to dancing injuries he went under the knife – before contracting an infection while recovering which left him unable to move. 

Attributing a strong mindset and his devout Mormon faith with helping him recover, Donny confessed that he feels as though he has ‘come back from the dead’ now that he has returned to the stage for an all-singing, all-dancing Vegas residency. 

Shock: Donny Osmond has detailed his health woes, after he became temporarily paralysed following back and neck surgery in 2019 (pictured in October in 2019) 

Donny’s health woes kicked in dramatically while he was performing the final number in his Las Vegas show with his sister Marie in November 2019.  

The duo were concluding their Donny & Marie residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, following 11 years and 1,730 performances, when horror struck. 

He revealed: ‘I couldn’t feel my arms, then suddenly my legs too. I didn’t tell anyone what was happening to me……I just kept dancing and finished the show.’

The incident led to Donny discovering his spinal shift from numerous injuries – including on his stint on Dancing On The Stars in 2009 – leading to his back and neck surgery, which sadly ended in horror. 

Back then: Donny and Marie were singing sensations in the Seventies

Back then: Donny and Marie were singing sensations in the Seventies 

That was then: The Seventies icon, 63, revealed to Mirror that after he discovered his spine had shifted due to dancing injuries he went under the knife - before contracting an infection while recovering which left him unable to move (pictured in 2019)

That was then: The Seventies icon, 63, revealed to Mirror that after he discovered his spine had shifted due to dancing injuries he went under the knife – before contracting an infection while recovering which left him unable to move (pictured in 2019)

He said: ‘I thought everything was going to be fine, but it couldn’t have been worse. I got a secondary infection which meant I wasn’t able to move.’

While he admitted that he feared he would never walk again, he willed himself to make a full recovery and has now made such an amazing recovery that he returned to Vegas for his residency at Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s.

Speaking about his comeback to the stage following such pain and suffering, he admitted he himself cannot believe he is back. 

Stars: Donny and Marie are pictured in 1970

Stars: Donny and Marie are pictured in 1970

He said: ‘Last night’s show was wild….the amount of dancing and singing and everything. I started from below ground zero but it feels like coming back from the dead. I’m pain free now, maybe even stronger than I was before.’ 

His back surgery is not the only health woes Donny has faced, after he was also forced to undergo vocal cord surgery in 2017. 

Doctors discovered a hemorrhagic polyp on Donny’s right vocal cord during a check-up. The polyp – also known as a bleeding lesion – will require surgery. 

Star: Donny made his singing and TV debut when he was just five years old, in a 1963 airing of The Andy Williams Show, on which he performed with his older brothers (Donny is pictured in 1973)

Star: Donny made his singing and TV debut when he was just five years old, in a 1963 airing of The Andy Williams Show, on which he performed with his older brothers (Donny is pictured in 1973)

Donny made his singing and TV debut when he was just five years old, in a 1963 airing of The Andy Williams Show, on which he performed with his older brothers.

A breakout star, Donny collaborated with Marie on albums and on a 1970s variety show that ran from 1976 through 1979.

Later work included voicing Captain Shang in Disney’s 1998 movie, Mulan, and playing the starring role in the musical, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, both on stage and in the 1999 film version. 

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