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Tom Arnold Shares Health Update 18 Months after Massive Organ Failure and 5% Heart Function

Siba Mosana
Aug 10, 2021
03:20 A.M.
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Comedian Tom Arnold shares a positive update regarding his health eight months after organ failure. The single father of two young children revealed that he is filled with gratitude for his current state.


Tom Arnold is letting his fans know that he is happy and healthy 18 months after suffering massive organ failure. The comedian who is best known for his role as Arnie Thomas in “Roseanne” has been struggling with his health for years.

However, Arnold has beaten the odds multiple times regarding his health condition, making him a true fighter. Additionally, his dedication to his children has been the best thing to learn about his recovery.

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Tom Arnold has not had the easiest time with his mental and physical health during his 62 years of life. The comedian and actor has


multiple bouts of skin cancer, a motorcycling accident, and even addiction.

His latest health scare was regarding major organ failure, which resulted in him being on life support with 5% heart function. The actor shared details about his time recovering, crediting his doctors, God, and his children for his current state.


Arnold revealed that he could talk himself out of the hospital with just 30% heart function so he could be with his kids. However, despite his premature discharge, he was able to make a miraculous recovery a year later.

He revealed that his heart now has completely normal heart function thanks to his cardiologists and medication. The actor also shared that his workouts are even better than before he suffered organ failure last year.


Arnold’s health recovery is pretty impressive regarding what he has gone through with his body in the past. The comedian was only 23-years-old when he was first diagnosed with cancer and has been raising awareness about it since.

Arnold has had several surgeries to remove cancerous spots on his skin since his diagnosis. As a result, he has become an advocate for sun protection as a preventative method, especially the use of sunscreen on children.

Arnold also has a camp for children with heart ailments called Camp Del Corazon. The comedian previously revealed that the children at the camp inspired him to keep pushing through his recovery after waking up from a coma.


The actor went into a coma in 2010 after developing a life-threatening condition called sepsis. Additionally, he mentions that the children from his camp inspired him once again during his recent recovery.

Arnold also credits his own five-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son for his most recent recovery. He poses with his children in his Facebook and Twitter posts detailing his health update, showing that they are always by his side.


The "Roseanne" star shares his two young children with his ex-wife Ashley Groussman who he split from last year. The former couple was married for eleven years before growing apart and deciding to go their separate ways.

Groussman and Arnold announced that they were working with a co-parenting therapist to help with their custody arrangement. The comedian also revealed that he was grateful for his ex-wife, who gave him the opportunity to be a dad.


The former couple’s children were both conceived through IVF, with their first being born after 22 rounds of the treatment. However, their second child was a bit of a miracle as the treatment conceived her after the first try.

The doting father currently pays his ex-wife spousal support so she can take care of the children. He also has to pay her child support until the children turn eighteen, which doesn’t seem to be an issue for the loving father.

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