Whoopi Goldberg Had ‘1 in 3’ Chance of Dying from Pneumonia, Her Doctors Reveal
On Monday’s episode on “The View,” the co-hosts invited two doctors that helped Whoopi Goldberg recover from a serious bout of pneumonia. The doctor’s revealed that she had a “1 in 3” chance of dying from the infection.
On the most recent episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, 63, and her co-hosts raised awareness about the dangers of pneumonia. The doctors on the show revealed that Goldberg had a 30% chance of dying from the infection earlier this year.
SPEAKING UP ABOUT PNEUMONIA
The star had to take time off from the daytime talk show to battle pneumonia and sepsis. During the episode, the two doctors explained to the audience how deadly Goldberg’s condition was.
Miss today’s show? Hear @WhoopiGoldberg share how her doctors helped save her life after a severe case of double pneumonia 👇— The View (@TheView) May 20, 2019
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The actress and talk show host shared that she’d started feeling sick last November when she battled a cough. However, for months after that, she still wasn’t well enough and ended up being rushed to the emergency room in February.
The infection had gotten so bad that she was unable to walk and could barely breathe. Goldberg confessed: “I came very, very close' to death.”
Whoopi Goldberg shares how she’s doing just months after a battle with pneumonia almost took her life: “I slowed it down because you don’t want to relapse. I don’t ever want to do this again.” https://t.co/nfkrBpm76k pic.twitter.com/24ZiE2UWGb— The View (@TheView) May 21, 2019
"I COULD BARELY UNDERSTAND WHOOPI"
The doctor further explained:
"I tried not to sound scared. … I was afraid she wasn’t going to wake up because you don’t know if someone, when they give you those clues ― is she really now just tired or is she going to become unconscious and this is it?"
.@WhoopiGoldberg shares an update on her health as she recovers from pneumonia, saying she’s “okay” and “up and moving around”: “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes.” https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/kSNMhC0KxX— The View (@TheView) March 9, 2019
FLUID HAD TO BE DRAINED TWICE FROM HER LUNGS
The doctor who actually treated Goldberg, Pulmonologist Martin Greenberg, shared that her condition was dire and they needed "all hands on deck" when she was admitted. Greenberg revealed that she had a high fever, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and low oxygen levels.
He shared that he had to drain fluid from her lungs twice to save her life. Greenberg revealed that her right lung was like a "sponge” and it was so congested with fluid that it couldn't fill with air.
“She was gasping for air.”— The View (@TheView) May 21, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg and her doctors share about the night earlier this year she went into the hospital and was diagnosed with double pneumonia and sepsis. https://t.co/nfkrBp4weM pic.twitter.com/UrKxEyiMmP
ACTRESS CONFESSED SHE ALMOST DIED
Sharing her story was her effort to motivate others to be vigilant about their health. The actress added: "It's OK to go to the doctor because you don't feel good."
SYMPTOMS OF PNEUMONIA
Pneumonia is an infection that can be deadly as it inflames the air sacs in either one or both lungs. An infected person’s sacs fill up with fluid that can cause one to cough and have difficulty breathing.
The infection then causes phlegm to fill your lungs and could lead you to experience chills and fever. Some patients also experience nausea and vomiting.
If the infection spreads to both of your lungs you could become septic like in Goldberg’s case and it then becomes a life-threatening condition.