Actress, 30, beaten, gets brain tumor, hit by car at hospital
There’s a reason she’s been called “the unluckiest woman in the world.”
As if breaking her jaw after being punched in the face by a homeless man during an unprovoked attack wasn’t bad enough, social media star Alli McLaren’s broken jaw soon led to her being diagnosed with a tumor on brain – and then get hit by a car on her way to radiation therapy.
“I’m that friend who ‘can’t catch a drama lifestyle,'” McLaren, 30, a Los Angeles transplant from Australia, quipped in her viral TikTok testimonial.
In the clip, which has garnered more than 1.6 million views, the content creator and aspiring actress — who shared her dating woes with The Post in August 2021, two months before her life took a dark turn — detailed the series of unfortunate events. and life-threatening that she has endured, beginning with her October 2021 attack.
“He walked down the street and I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He ran towards me and punched me,” McLaren told Media Drum. “He punched my phone, which broke in the impact and I fell. It all happened in about two seconds.”
Shortly after the violent ambush, McLaren sought medical attention at an urgent care facility in West Hollywood. There, doctors said she “looked fine” and dismissed her concerns.
Months later, when her teeth started randomly falling out of her mouth while driving, a dentist confirmed that her jaw had been broken as a result of an attack by the unsafe person at home.
However, after attempts to tie her jaw in place failed, McLaren was forced to wait another two months before undergoing oral surgery to fix the fracture.
Flashback to August 2021: McLaren told The Post that “situations” arise because men “want to cheat and not feel bad about it.” Things took a dark turn two months later. Submitted photo
On TikTok, she explained, “I had to have surgery on my jaw to fix it, and my immune system was extremely weak and I ended up getting an infection and pneumonia.”
But during her bout with pneumonia, she fell and hit her head, which caused a traumatic brain injury that triggered back-to-back seizures.
Just two months after receiving treatment for the seizures, McLaren began experiencing more seizures, vomiting and also experienced mood swings, unexplained anger and confusion.
Alli McLaren, an LA transplant from Australia, endured a series of tragedies after being accidentally hit by a homeless person in October 2021. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren A few months after the attack, she noticed her teeth falling out, prompting a dentist to determine that his jaw was broken as a result of the homeless man’s attack. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
After the attack, emergency doctors performed an X-ray and told McLaren that she “looked fine”. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
Doctors eventually discovered a non-cancerous giant cell tumor growing in her brain.
They removed most of the mass, but recommended radiation to eliminate any remaining cells. And while McLaren was on her way for radiation treatment at a local hospital in early January 2023, she was hit by a driver who failed to brake at a stop sign.
“We don’t choose our lives and what happens to us – but we choose how to take what happens to us and turn it into something beautiful.”
Alli McLaren continues to stay positive as life throws challenges her way
The accident left McLaren with two broken legs.
And although most shocked onlookers online were extremely sympathetic to the unfortunate actor’s plight, some praised the homeless woman for the stroke that led to the discovery of her tumour.
One intrepid commenter scathingly wrote: “Ok, but the homeless guy somehow saved your life?” The comment garnered over 43,000 likes.
For months, McLaren endured pain until doctors confirmed her jaw was broken and advised her to undergo surgery. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
McLaren, however, doesn’t seem to be feeling particularly grateful to her attacker.
“I disagree,” she said. “Although it would be a great story for the homeless man, the only thing it has done for me is cause me a lot of stress and medical bills.”
“The timing of everything doesn’t work out for him to help me detect the tumor, as it wasn’t there when I was first hit,” McLaren continued.
McLaren struggled to manage her mood before doctors made the grim discovery of the growth on her brain. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren A specialist eventually determined that she had developed a non-cancerous giant cell brain tumor. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
“Although the cause for this type of tumor is unknown,” she admitted, “one possible explanation that has been given to me is that it could be the result of head trauma, so he may have caused it.”
And her medical struggles are compounded by new mental and emotional health issues she’s endured since the stroke.
“I really struggled to be honest. I’ve had really bad depression and anxiety,” she admitted. “I also feel very uncomfortable walking next to people on the street because I don’t trust anyone.”
In addition to her physical ailments, McLaren claims she now suffers from depression and anxiety. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren But McLaren disagrees, saying the attack sent her life into a downward spiral. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
The TikTok crowd has praised the McLaren striker for saving her life. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
The ambush has caused a downward spiral in both her professional life and personal relationships.
“I got demoted because I had to work from home a lot and ended up leaving after that, so financially it’s been a strain,” the survivor recounts.
“I don’t have as many friends as I used to,” McLaren continued.
McLaren has lost her job, a host of friendships and the ability to exist comfortably in social settings since her attack. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
“I stopped replying to messages and didn’t show up at places. A lot of times I’m so tired and I just don’t have the energy,” she moans. “I used to be super social and now I have a hard time leaving my house.”
McLaren also revealed that she now suffers from severe mood swings that cause her to get angry at random times.
Her mood swings have alienated McLaren from a number of people, leaving her with only “tolerant” friends and family members who aren’t easily offended by her erratic behavior.
She plans to one day write a book about her past traumas in hopes that her story will help others. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren Despite her many struggles, McLaren has maintained a cheerful outlook on life. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
McLaren believes her struggles have made her a stronger person with a “beautiful” and unique testimony. mediadrumimages/@allimclaren
Despite McLaren’s many travails, she has remained positive about the future.
“I think I stay strong knowing that it can’t be like this forever and also knowing that one day I’m going to wake up and not be in pain anymore,” she said. “I believe everything happens for a reason.”
And she now believes her story will inspire others.
“I’m hoping to maybe one day write a book about it and continue to use my platform to talk about my chaotic life,” McLaren said, noting that her ordeal has made her stronger.
“We don’t choose our lives and what happens to us,” she added, “but we choose how to take what happens to us and turn it into something beautiful.”