Abby Lee Miller has had quite a week with a slew of recent recent airport incidents.
While she was traveling on Sunday, the Dance Moms star told fans on Instagram that she had fallen out of her wheelchair shortly after her plane had arrived at the American Airlines gate at Pittsburgh International Airport.
“Help! ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’ isn’t that the truth?” Abby Lee wrote.
She was referencing Life Alert’s popular catchphrase. The full caption reads:
“Help! ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.’ Isn’t that the truth?” the 52-year-old wrote on Instagram, captioning the photo of her on the floor. “Let’s just say my transfer from the Isle Chair to my own chair didn’t go so well! The move should’ve happened on the bridge like usual and not in front of a hundred people waiting to board, I shouldn’t have had to ask for someone to call the paramedics and maybe the @americanair. Gate Mgr [sic] should’ve at the very least asked if I was ok? Thank you to all the Pgh international Airport Escorts that were so very kind & the hot firemen who swiftly got me on my feet, into my chair & on my way!!!”
Three hours later, she commented on the same post updating fans that although she is OK, she is in lots of pain. “Thank you all for asking. I’m stiff and my body aches. My right hip and knee banged up. Right shoulder is sore,” she wrote.
The Dance Moms star was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, called Burkitt lymphoma, which is known for killing its patients in a matter of weeks. However, chemotherapy and surgeries all helped Miller stay alive, even though it was a treacherous process.
“I had 52 staples perfectly aligned and now a bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck & lumbar region together!” she wrote after one of her surgeries.
In an interview with People, American Airlines spokesperson Andrew Trull said the company was aware of the situation and was currently in contact with Miller to issue an apology and full refund.
“We are concerned by the issues raised by Ms. Miller regarding her recent experience at Pittsburgh International Airport and are working with our contracted special assistance vendor to review the incident,” Trull said. “We have been in touch with Ms. Miller to apologize and are providing her a full refund as a result of her experience.”
All of this didn’t stop the Dance Moms star from flying again on Tuesday, but she did use United Airlines this time.
On her Instagram Stories Abby Lee shared a photo of her view on the plane and captioned it, “Leaving on a jet plane…”
It’s currently not clear how, but her wheelchair got broken in the process of departure. Not to fear, she later commended United, and one particular employee, for properly handling the situation.
“So United didn’t break me,” she wrote, adding a praying hand emoji. “Thank goodness, they just broke my wheelchair!”