Lawrence, 34, star of the television show “Martin” and films such as “Life,” “Bad Boys” and “Nothing to Lose”. Here is his tale in full.
What Happened To Martin Lawrence?
Martin collapsed and slipped into a coma Sunday after returning to his Westlake Village home from a jog. Actor Martin Lawrence regained consciousness Wednesday after slipping into a coma brought on by severe heat exhaustion while exercising, according to doctors at Los Robles Regional Medical Center.
Doctors listed the actor in critical but stable condition and said they are encouraged by his progress.
Lawrence is alert and responsive, but his breathing is still being aided by a ventilator, which is preventing him from speaking, hospital officials said.
“He’s becoming more and more responsive, and we’re very encouraged that he’s come out of his coma,” said hospital spokeswoman Kris Carraway-Bowman at a news conference Wednesday. “But this is going to be a day-by-day thing. . . . We’ll know more as time goes on.”
Lawrence left his home about 11:30 a.m. Sunday for an hourlong run through his neighborhood, Carraway-Bowman said. At the time, temperatures in the Conejo Valley were approaching 100 degrees.
A family member became concerned when Lawrence didn’t return and went to look for him. Lawrence was found on his lawn, slumped over, moaning and having difficulty breathing, officials said. By the time paramedics arrived, Lawrence was unconscious.
Doctors said Lawrence is experiencing kidney problems, but are unsure if they will be permanent. Other tests showed no brain or heart damage.
Lawrence’s physician, Dr. Paul Block, wouldn’t speculate on whether the actor will make a full recovery and when he will be released. Doctors are continuing to run tests and monitor his condition and said there is reason to be hopeful.
When he arrived at the hospital his temperature was about 107 degrees, and doctors worked to cool his body with cold water, ice and fans, Carraway-Bowman said.