Star Trek Actress, Nichelle Nichols, Suffers Mild Stroke

Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her most famous role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, displays her Lego astronaut ring while visiting the âBuild the Futureâ activity where students created their vision of the future in space with LEGO bricks and elements inside a tent that was set up on the launch viewing area at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.  NASA and The LEGO Group signed a Space Act Agreement to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA Identifier: nasahqphoto-5161637425

The beautiful Nichelle Nichols, 82, who was one of the original ensemble members in the Star Trek TV series and films by playing Lt. Uhura, suffered a mild stroke Wednesday night, according to a post Thursday on her Facebook page.

“Last night, while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” said Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was,” the statement continued. “Please keep her in your thoughts.”

In a statement to CNN, McGinnis gave an update on Nichols’ status: “CAT scan came back negative, and we are awaiting the results from the MRI. Currently, she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor signs [of] mobility loss, but she is not showing any signs of paralysis.”

But what is a “mild” stroke anyway? And can a person have one without knowing it?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a “mini stroke” or “mild stroke,” occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow in the brain. The block is temporary (transient), and unlike an actual stroke,…

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