TJ Lavin has pneumonia but expected to make “a full recovery”

Challenge host T.J. Lavin is expected to recover from injuries he suffered last week that left him in a medically induced coma, although right now he has pneumonia.

Lavin’s friend Chas Aday told MTV News that “things are really improving … He’s breathing on his own. They’re just assisting him. The pneumonia’s getting better, but then they’re gonna try to get him off the tube either today or tomorrow.” He said doctors are “comfortable with the brain. They don’t see any brain damage, and they think he’s going to make a full recovery.”

At the conclusion of last night’s Challenge episode, after the trash that this show has devolved into, the show included a message to TJ from several cast members that was awkwardly scripted and delivered, but nice. In it, they say, “TJ, you’re always pushing us to our limits … encouraging us to hang in there … and now we want you to do the same.”

TJ Lavin Expected To Make A ‘Full Recovery,’ Pal Says [MTV News]

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