Whoopi Goldberg’s near death experience from pneumonia

In the recent episodes of The View, on host had to sit things out. Whoopi Goldberg didn’t appear in a few episodes after being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and sepsis.

In an interview for the latest issue of People, The View co-host shared that she was surprised to know how serious her illnesses had developed after she ignored initial symptoms.

“The doctor told me, ‘Listen, you’re not going anywhere tomorrow and you’re not going anywhere next week because you are really sick. ‘You were this close to dying.’ ” Goldberg was surprised by the news. “I was like, ‘Really?’ I never thought of pneumonia as something that serious. In my mind I wasn’t that sick. I hope that this is a cautionary tale for people. You have to take the time to take care of yourself.”

Goldberg’s pulmonologist Dr. Martin Greenberg said the actress had failed to immediately address her symptoms. Greenberg says she did not seek medical care in almost two months for prolonged symptoms including cough, weakness, shortness of breath and fatigue. “It all finally came to a head leading to her rapid decline and long hospital stay,” the doctor said.


Goldberg’s health crisis lead to having her lungs drained twice while undergoing “aggressive” physical therapy for the chest. While she has yet completely recovered with the slow progress, the host is just happy for the developments in her health.

“I get winded going up stairs and I still can’t get on my treadmill,” she said. “Nobody wants to feel like they can’t do something, but your body says no sometimes. And that’s just fine. I never want to relapse so I’m okay taking the stairs easy. I don’t care about old-lady jokes. Bring them on!”

Laura Ebeling
Laura Ebeling
Laura is a reporter and a gossip columnist for Best in Australia. She focuses on celebrities, science and social affairs in Australia and worldwide.
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