Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.
Doctor Hooman Melamed tells People.com she contracted what they thought was a rare spinal infection and nearly died this week.
The doctor says Miller went to a California emergency room, where her condition deteriorated and she became "paralyzed from the neck down." He says Miller underwent spinal surgery Tuesday and parts of some vertebrae were removed.
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It was determined Miller had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Miller is recovering and discussing treatment with her doctor.
Miller ran Abby Lee Dance Company outside Pittsburgh. She was sentenced to a year in prison for hiding income from a bankruptcy judge. She transferred to a California halfway house in March and is to be released in May.
Her attorney says she was "ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became."