News reports indicate that 41 year old actor Gary Coleman was transported to a Los Angeles hospital this morning after complaining of not feeling well. Currently, his condition is unknown but is undergoing tests to determine the cause of his complaints, according to California’s Channel 2 news.
Apparently Coleman, who has reportedly been the recipient of two kidney transplants, was doing promotional work at a Los Angeles hotel when he began to feel ill. After a short rest, an ambulance arrived around 8 a.m. Pacific Time to transport him to the hospital, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Born near Indiana in Zion, Illinois, Coleman’s kidney transplants were due to a genetic kidney disease that he was born with. This genetic condition lead to his stunted growth. Coleman reportedly undergoes regular dialysis for his condition.
Most well known for role in the late seventies and early eighties as Arnold Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes and his famous quote,“Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?”, Coleman has also appeared on The Jeffersons and Good Times. Coleman has also had numerous appearances on television shows during the 1990’s.
Kidney transplants are noted as being 90% successful for the recipient even after the first year. Many recipients can have a success with a transplanted kidney for over 20 years with the help of anti-rejection drugs and lifestyle accommodations.