‘He’s walking and talking’: NeNe Leakes celebrates as her son Brentt leaves hospital after suffering terrifying stroke at just 23
NeNe Leakes took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share a health update about her son Brentt Leakes two months after he suffered congestive heart failure and a stroke.
The 54-year-old Real Housewives Of Atlanta alum shared videos of the 23-year-old leaving a rehabilitation facility fully recovered.
She wrote: ‘To God be the Glory. He’s walking and talking.’
Proud moment: Nene Leakes took to Instagram on Wednesday to celebrate her son Brentt’s recovering, noting that he’s walking and talking after suffering a stroke at just 23
Then and now: Brentt suffered congestive heart failure and a stroke two months ago
Great news: NeNe Leakes took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share a health update about her son Brentt Leakes two months after he suffered congestive heart failure and a stroke
Leakes, who shared Brentt with late husband Gregg Leakes, posted before and after photos of her second-born child’s recovery journey.
She began the series of posts with a statement that read: ‘My [son’s] life changed Sept 26.’
Brentt, who was dressed in a hot pink sweatsuit with black and white sneakers, appeared slightly embarrassed as his mom encouraged him while walking around a corner in a hospital.
He wore a black hat over his braided hair as staff at the location cheered him on excitedly following a two-month stint in physical therapy.
NeNe expressed gratitude for the healthcare professionals who tended to her beloved son through his recovery.
As Brentt stood with his caretakers she emphasized, ‘Nurses are the best,’ adding a red heart emoji.
The young adult posed with a group of women as he held a certificate declaring he completed rehabilitation.
In a throwback image taken shortly after his health complications, the reality TV star wrote, ‘Nothing but God.’
In another slide the Linnethia Lounge founder noted that her son was ‘home just in time for the holidays.’
Accomplished: The young adult posed with a group of women as he held a certificate declaring he completed rehabilitation
NeNe confirmed her son’s health struggles on her Instagram Stories on two weeks after the incident.
In the post she revealed Brentt had been showing improvement since the ordeal began but was ‘struggling’ with his speech.
She added that it was unknown what had caused his health to decline in the first place.
‘Two weeks ago today, Brentt had congestive heart failure and a stroke. He’s only 23 so he’s really young for something like that to happen to him,’ NeNe said in a video recorded in her car.
‘The first thing a lot of doctors think of when someone that age comes in with that kind of condition is maybe they’ve done drugs or some serious infection, maybe HIV,’ NeNe said.
‘Brentt doesn’t drink or do drugs… they also tested him for HIV. They were thinking that maybe he had caught COVID and he didn’t know that he had COVID. They did see some things like that happen if they caught the Delta variant. He never knew he had COVID. I’ve never known him to have COVID. So, they have run a number of tests on him to see what could have possibly made this happen to him,’ she explained.
‘We are still trying to figure out because if we knew the cause, obviously they could treat the cause. It was very scary. I don’t even want to go into details of what happened… how I found out and what condition he was in. Obviously a stroke is a very serious thing. He’s struggling with speaking. I don’t know. I just know that…keep us in your prayers,’ the star added.
Difficult news: ‘Two weeks ago today, Brentt had congestive heart failure and a stroke. He’s only 23 so he’s really young for something like that to happen to him,’ NeNe said in video recorded in her car
‘Brent FaceTimed me this morning. He’s in good spirits. We just are… shocked. Just shocked….All of this is still so new to me. We’re not revealing where Brentt currently is.
‘Maybe Brentt was born with some sort of disease… something with his heart since he was a kid. And it just never showed up until now. We don’t know. This is just a lot for us right now. Everything is still very new. I’ve been asked a million questions… could his weight have been the issue? The doctors said they don’t think so.’
‘He has shown some improvement. We’re really happy and blessed for that.’
‘Brentt was very stressed out in the month of September because that was the one year anniversary for the passing of his dad. He was very close to his dad and he’s been super stressed out over it. I don’t even know if that has anything to do with it at all. I asked the doctors questions like that and they seem to think that that is not the case with Brentt.’
Insiders told TMZ that Leakes suffered the medical emergency in Atlanta, and was quickly taken to a hospital for treatment.
The site later reported that Brentt was hospitalized for a few days before he was released and sent to rehab.
‘Everyone is hopeful he will make a full recovery,’ sources told the outlet.
Brentt pictured with his parents NeNe and Gregg Leakes in 2017
NeNe gave Brentt a shout-out on his 23rd birthday back in February, posting a slew of shots of her son onto her Instagram account.
‘My whittle big baby is 23 tah day! It’s his first birthday without daddy!’ she captioned the post.
‘Brentt i know Gregg will be loving on you all day❤️We are both so proud of you!’ she wrote.
Shocked: ‘Brent FaceTimed me this morning. He’s in good spirits. We just are… shocked. Just shocked….All of this is still so new to me. We’re not revealing where Brentt currently is’
‘Join me in wishing my baby boy a Happy 23rd Birthday and show him some love @kingbrentt,’ she continued.
In addition to Brentt, NeNe has son Bryson Bryant from a previous relationship. Her deceased husband also had five other children.
NeNe and Gregg were married in in 1997. They divorced in 2011, but later reconciled and remarried.
Last year Gregg passed away at age 66 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Family first: NeNe was walked down the aisle by her sons Brentt and Bryson during her second wedding to Gregg in 2013
In August, NeNe penned a touching tribute to Gregg on what would have his been his 67th birthday.
‘Today is a tuff one…every year on this date we would be out celebrating you! I can’t believe we are wishing you a heavenly Birthday today,’ she wrote on Instagram.
She included a snapshot of herself smiling as she posed with an arm around a seated Gregg.
‘My whittle big baby is 23 tah day!’ NeNe gave Brentt a shout-out on his 23rd birthday back in February, posting a slew of shots of her son to her Instagram account