The Mustang, Oklahoma native was hospitalized in February 2019 after a scary collapse. The unfortunate news was shared via wife Kayleigh Yeakley‘s Facebook page on February 4 of that year. Fans, friends and loved ones have been sending well-wishes in the comments.
“Gideon is at the hospital. He called me at work to come home early because he felt so bad,” Kayleigh’s original post read. “I talked to him not that long ago and he had passed out and fell [on] the floor. Poor thing told me he thought he died it happened so fast,” it continued. “They ordered a CT and we will hopefully know more soon. Keep him in your thoughts please.”
According to the update via Kayleigh’s Facebook two days later, Gideon’s doctor wanted to monitor his hemoglobin levels before deciding what course of action to take. “I did find out last night his EKG results came back normal, which is a good [sign]. I also found out last night that the hospital doctor didn’t feel that surgery would be beneficial for the infection,” it read.
The latest news about Gideon’s health came on February 7. “The doctor came in this morning and confirmed what we already knew, he has blood in his stool,” Kayleigh wrote. “He is now wanting to do a GI scope and a colonoscopy.”
“He has already eaten today so they can’t do it tomorrow and they don’t do them on weekends,” Kayleigh added. “The doctor is now consulting with other staff to determine if Gid needs to stay in until Monday and do them there, or if they discharge him tomorrow and schedule them outpatient.”
Though it’s unclear what mystery ailment Gideon was suffering from, he seemed to be back in great health by May 2019. He was all smiles that month while celebrating Kayleigh’s graduation from the University of Oklahoma.
Gideon made his debut on the hit TLC show My 600-lb Life during season 4 in 2016. He weighed 650 pounds when he was first introduced to viewers, and he lost 221 pounds, which put his total weight at 429 pounds by the end of his episode. Since then, Gideon went on to lose about 100 more pounds. He once told fans via social media that he’s lost “almost half of his starting weight,” and looks even slimmer in recent photos. In the years since his episode aired, he and his wife welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Frankie, in September 2017.