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Maria Menounos Asks for Prayers after Her Cancer-Stricken Mom Is Hospitalized with COVID-19

Joe Akins
Dec 08, 2020
10:41 A.M.

Maria Menounos had been absent for a week on her podcast and daily show, "Better Together," but returned on Monday to reveal her family's health challenges.


It had been a week since Maria Menounos' fans last heard from her on her podcast and daily show, "Better Together." Hence, there was excitement in the air when she returned on Monday.

However, that excitement soon gave way to heartfelt emotions after the journalist revealed that her parents are in the hospital battling with the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Maria Menounos at Huff Post Live" in New York City on March 9, 2016  | Photo: Getty Images

Maria Menounos at Huff Post Live" in New York City on March 9, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

The 42-year-old shared that she has been taking care of her parents and had previously flown to Los Angeles to be with her mother, Litsa. The latter has been battling a brain tumor.

Menounos revealed her family received the sad news on Monday, November 23, when they were told that her mom's brain tumor was growing. However, that is not where it ended.


The day after they got the news, her parents' caretaker called in sick. Menounos's parents flew out to assist the caretaker. Within a few hours of touching down, her parents were diagnosed with COVID-19.


Menounos asked her fans for their prayers, which her family greatly needs. She further explained that her mom was rushed to the hospital, after which her dad also tested positive.

Menounos also said she would share in another podcast how she has managed to care for her parents.

With tears in her eyes, Menounos described the situation as being absolutely surreal, before adding that her parents are currently in separate hospitals in Los Angeles.

The journalist said she had spent most of her days speaking to various doctors treating her mom and dad in the two hospitals where they are admitted.


She said it has been an insane experience adding that she tries not to think about what could happen to her parents. Instead, Menounos focuses on her desired outcome and avoids giving in to her fears, which has helped.

However, the more the situation extends, the more she gets tired, allowing the fear to creep back in. Menounos also said the past few days have been difficult and had been a lot for her to handle.


She thanked the incredible doctors, nurses, friends, and family members, who have been of support up in this challenging time.

Menounos also said she would share in another podcast how she has managed to care for her parents even without seeing them in person.

It could be recalled that last year, the former E! News anchor revealed within sobs that she has been taking care of her parents, especially her mom, who was then battling stage 4 brain cancer.

Menounos has also had a health scare herself after being diagnosed with a benign meningioma in 2017. Her fans will be praying for her parents and hoping they overcome this challenge.

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