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December 23, 2011

Singer George Michael With Tracheostomy

Reuters reported today that singer George Michael suffered from severe pneumonia and underwent a tracheostomy during his hospitalization. A tracheostomy is when a hole is made in the throat for a patient to breath through.

Here is a video of what his trach surgery may have looked like.

Michael apparently was in the middle of a tour when he became ill requiring him to cancel upcoming shows.

A tracheostomy is often performed whenever a patient has been intubated (tube down the throat) on a breathing machine for a prolonged period of time.

For more information on trachs, click here. Watch a video of a trach being performed here.



Reference:
Gaunt George Michael says "fortunate to be here" Reuters 12/23/11

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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