Whoopi Goldberg Wants You To Know “I’m Not Dead,” But Admits She Came Close To Dying When Pneumonia Turned To Sepsis

March 8, 2019  |  

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Whoopi Goldberg is alive, and while she might not be 100 percent “well,” she wants fans to know she’s doing much better following a serious pneumonia scare.

The 63-year-old, who hasn’t been at her seat at The View since February 6, submitted a short video from her house letting people know that she’s on the mend. She also explained that her specific kind of pneumonia got so bad, she “came very, very close to leaving the earth.”

“I am here, I am up and moving, not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead,” she said on Friday’s episode of The View. “So here’s what happened. I had pneumonia and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs, which meant there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff going on. And yes, I came very, very close to leaving the earth. Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes. All of the wonderful things people have been saying. Even people who are not huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me. We all know that’s going to change when I get back, but for right now, it’s brilliant. And thank you for everything. And ladies, I can not wait to see y’all. This has been uh, interesting, and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table.”

As Goldberg’s absence garnered more whispers, worries and attention last month, co-host Joy Behar let everyone know on February 20 that she was recovering from pneumonia, saying, “She’s getting there, she’s on the mend.”

And on March 1, after another week without her, the show’s Instagram page reiterated that she was getting better.

“She’s on the mend recovering from pneumonia and we look forward to having her back at @TheViewABC table soon!”

We also previously told you that she had an event she was set to host alongside fellow comedian Martin Short on March 7 in New York, but as it turns out, she had to cancel.

As Goldberg alluded to, sepsis can be deadly. It is when your body overreacts to an infection, and the chemicals released in the bloodstream to help quell said infection cause inflammation. If it becomes severe, you can end up in septic shock, which impacts the organs and can cause a major dip in blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and death. According to the CDC, nearly 270,000 people in the United States die from this form of infection. Lung infections like pneumonia can cause sepsis.

Despite the fact that this has been a very serious and scary health crisis for the Hollywood icon, we’re glad to see that she’s working her way back to optimal health — and is still here.

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