Danny Bonaduce, Radio Host And Classic Sitcom Star, May Never Walk Again

Danny Bonaduce is hopeful that a brain surgery scheduled for today will someday allow him to walk again.

By Robert Scucci | Updated

Former Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce will be undergoing brain surgery this week with the hopes of regaining his ability to walk, according to The Wrap. Having lost most of his mobility because of a previously unknown illness, the radio personality finally got some answers after seeing dozens of doctors starting back in 2022, and he was officially diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder that’s caused by an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in ventricles found deep within the brain, and this fluid buildup causes a harmful amount of pressure on the brain’s tissues, resulting in hindered mobility.

Danny Bonaduce isn’t sure how he ended up with hydrocephalus, but sources say that it can be caused by either genetic factors, ongoing viral infections like meningitis, or head injuries. Brain tumors are also cited as another possible cause of hydrocephalus, but seeing as Bonaduce has done his due diligence in seeking proper medical attention, we can speculate that brain cancer has been ruled out at this point in time. But we’ll have a better picture of his overall health after we receive further updates.

In regard to head injuries, the reality TV star speculates that the disorder may have been triggered by one of his many television stunts which include getting hit in the head with a guitar, and punched in the face by retired baseball player José Canseco during a boxing match. Despite the seriousness of his condition, the Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show host is in good spirits.

In a recent TMZ interview, Danny Bonaduce mentioned that his surgery will involve doctors putting a mesh tube called a stent, as well as a drainage port in his brain which will relieve the pressure buildup he’s currently experiencing. If his hydrocephalus diagnosis is correct, Bonaduce will see an immediate improvement to his mobility issues, but he will still have a long road to travel in order to make a full recovery. The 63 year old actor is aware that he’ll probably never be able to engage in athletics again, but has gone on record saying that he’ll be happy if he could regain functionality in regular everyday activities like getting around the house on his own.

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Danny Bonaduce with Farrah Fawcett

Sources indicate that Danny Bonaduce’s surgery will happen today, and if successful, his symptoms will be alleviated by 50 percent if the procedure goes well. Through continued treatment and physical therapy, the former child star can reclaim his ability to walk, and be able to get back to engaging in regular day-to-day activities that he has missed out on over the past year.

Though his optimism is guarded, Danny Bonduce has the right attitude about his condition. Brain surgery is not something that should be taken lightly, and being able to continue with his radio show from the comfort of his home is probably helping him keep such a positive outlook. He even expressed gratitude to iHeart Radio for accommodating his needs during his time of struggle by allowing him to take a leave of absence from his show while also helping him set up a studio in his living room.