Los Angeles Dream Center founder Matthew Barnett, 48, posted online Thursday from his hospital bed that he has suffered a stroke and a blood clot on his brain.
Barnett posted this on his Instagram account Thursday:
"I'm in hospital being treated for a stroke. I was getting massage at the Glendale mall. When checking out, I was going to say thank to the guy when suddenly I couldn't talk. I couldn't speak one coherent word. It was like an alien took over my speech and I couldn't speak as my words slurred.
"Within an hour they gave me the strongest medicine you could imagine to kill the clot on my brain. It was beyond unreal. I'm doing better and they are making sure there's no blood on the brain. Lips are swollen, but at least I don't have to pay thousands for lip injections."
He also tweeted, "A few hours ago I had a blood clot and a stroke. It was so wild. Treated within an hour saved my life. I couldn't communicate one coherent word."
Barnett has 37,000 followers on Instagram.
Several faith leaders and thousands of people around the world have sent their prayers to Barnett for his recovery.
Musician and revivalist Sean Feucht said, "PRAYING FOR YOU BROTHER!!! Healing and wholeness in Jesus' name."
Christian artist Darlene Zschech wrote, "Praying for you @matthewbarnett. ... psalm 91 all the way!"
Pastor and baseball legend Darryl Strawberry wrote: "Praying for you #matthewbarnett."
The LA Dream Center houses nearly 700 people in its extensive recovery program that can last up to three years. Barnett is a pioneering pastor and visionary of one of the largest recovery programs for addicted men and women in the country and pastor of the historic Angelus Temple (founded by healing evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson).
He has headed up the LA Dream center for nearly 30 years, beginning at the age of 19.
Shawn A. Akers is the online editor for Charisma Media.
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