Hailey Bieber underwent procedure to close hole in heart after mini-stroke

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Hailey Bieber recently underwent a procedure to close a hole in her heart after suffering a mini-stroke.

Early last month, the model was rushed to hospital in Palm Springs, California after experiencing a "medical emergency".

Following concern from fans, Hailey took to YouTube on Wednesday to post a video titled "Telling My Story" in which she detailed the "very scary incident".

"A lot of people know, or you may not know, I had a very scary incident on March 10. I was sitting at breakfast with my husband (Justin Bieber) having a normal day, a normal conversation, and we were in the middle of talking and all of a sudden, I felt a really weird sensation," she said, noting that the feeling travelled from her shoulder to her fingertips. "I couldn't speak, the right side of my face started drooping... I couldn't get a sentence out."

Though Hailey couldn't respond to questions, she was still able to walk.

"Definitely the scariest moment of my life," the 25-year-old noted. "Basically, they did some scans and they were able to see that I had suffered a small blood clot to my brain, called a TIA. It's like having a mini-stroke. It feels like having a stroke, except my body was able to resolve it pretty quickly, and then I didn't have any more issues."

Hailey underwent a variety of tests, and doctors concluded the blood clot was due to a "perfect storm" of her recently starting birth control pills, having undergone a long flight back from Paris, and having Covid-19 earlier in the year.

They also found that she had a Grade 5 patent foramen ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart that didn't close the way it should after birth, and concluded that the blood clot "escaped through the hole in my heart and it travelled to my brain, and that is why I suffered a TIA (transient ischaemic attack)".

In the end, Hailey underwent a procedure to "button close" the flap in her heart, and is recovering well.

"(I'm) relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to just move on from this really scary situation and just live my life. It was an eye-opening thing for me," she added.

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