Kenny Omega has been sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with diverticulitis during his hospitalization. The seriousness of his condition became apparent when he shared a hospital photo on December 14, raising concerns among fans.
According to a report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by Dave Meltzer, Omega exhibited significant pain backstage at a December 13 show in Arlington, Texas. Following a promo, he was promptly admitted to the hospital, where he received the diagnosis of diverticulitis. Medical professionals informed him that the timely diagnosis was fortunate, preventing a potentially catastrophic situation that could have led to a blood infection with a 50 percent chance of death.
Tony Khan, speaking at the ROH Final Battle media scrum, revealed that Omega’s illness was more severe than initially believed, emphasizing that the extent of his illness might not have been fully grasped by anyone.
Diverticulitis is marked by inflammation caused by pouches or diverticula forming in the walls of the large intestine or colon. Common symptoms include intense abdominal pain, nausea, and an elevated body temperature.
Reports suggest that Omega had been feeling unwell before his match against Ethan Page on the December 9 episode of AEW Collision. Despite his condition, he participated in the match. Omega was also scheduled to appear on the December 13 episode of AEW Dynamite, where he was involved in a promo segment with Chris Jericho, Ricky Starks, and Big Bill. Observers backstage noted that Omega did not appear to be in good health. The diagnosis of diverticulitis sheds light on the challenges Omega is currently facing, and the wrestling community is hopeful for his full and speedy recovery.
“At the 12/13 show in Arlington, TX, the pain was very clear backstage and after doing his promo ended up in the hospital where he got the diagnosis.”
“He was told when diagnosed that he was very lucky he went in because the situation could have been catastrophic, such as getting a blood infection, if he wasn’t diagnosed at the time he was, which would have something like a 50 percent chance of death.”
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