It’s been nearly two weeks since the multi-talented actor, singer and comedian Jamie Foxx has been hospitalized due to a “medical complication.”
In a statement to NBC News, Foxx’s rep said the actor’s “condition was serious enough that Jamie’s family, some of whom were not in town, came to the hospital.”
“He is communicating now,” the representative added.
“He’s OK, thank God,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He’s still in the hospital and doctors are running tests but he’s awake and alert. They’re keeping him under observation.”
According to People.com, multiple sources say that the Oscar winner, 55, is steadily improving as he works toward recovery in a Georgia medical facility.
But the length of time he’s been in the hospital and the unknown cause of illness has people speculating on what the real issue is with his health.
In medicine, a “medical complication” occurs during a disease, or after a procedure or treatment. The complication may be caused by the disease, procedure, or treatment or may be unrelated to them.
Some are speculating that Foxx had a stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a stroke , sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. There are health conditions and lifestyle habits that can increase your risk for stroke including hypertension.
Some of the symptoms of a stroke are:
– Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
– Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
– Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
Other Stroke Symptoms include:
– NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
– CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
– TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
– TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
– SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause
Friends of Foxx have been stepping up and showing support online. Per ET Online, longtime friend Nick Cannon offered some new information on Foxx’s current status during his new radio show The Daily Cannon. For his part, Cannon isn’t saying what exactly is going on with Foxx, but notes how he’s been “praying” for his friend. Cannon refers back to an Instagram post he made shortly thereafter and comments on how he’s been continuing to pray ever since he started doing so on that day.
“Man, I’m praying,” Cannon said when asked about Foxx’s condition. “You see, I posted on Instagram. I literally have been saying prayers out loud. Words of affirmation for my big brother.”
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In the post Cannon writes, “Prayer Changes Things! Living Testament! Let’s all speak complete and total recovery for the most