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What’s Happening! sitcom star Danielle Spencer, who played Roger’s little sister Dee, recently underwent emergency brain surgery to save her life, the LA Sentinel reports. This crisis is related to a car accident that Dr. Spencer was in 42 years ago that left her stepfather, actor Tim Pelt, dead and her in a three-week coma. She recovered and returned tot he show for the third season. She went on to become a veterinarian and overcame a battle with cancer. Unfortunately, there was another battle to come.

On the 42nd anniversary of that tragic accident, September 7th, 1976, Dr. Spencer was rushed to the hospital. She had been complaining of headaches for weeks and had lost consciousness. It was discovered that she was suffering from an aneurysm and had to undergo emergency surgery. Surgeons reportedly removed a bleeding hematoma from her brain, which formed because of the car accident over four decades ago.

A close friend of hers, Mike Chisolm, posted via Twitter that Dr. Spencer is accepting donations to help pay for her treatment and medication while she is recovering.Her recovery time is unknown but according to her GoFundMe page her surgery was a success.

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