The media went into a frenzy trying to figure out where in the heck Whoopi Goldberg went.
She was absent from the View for weeks and many thought it was because of Joy Behar’s blackface scandal.
But the media was wrong and in fact, Whoopi Goldberg was near death and she is now telling the tale.
From People: Whoopi Goldberg is on the mend after a serious bout of pneumonia. The co-host gave an update on her condition via video message on Friday’s episode of The View.
“Hey, yes, it’s me,” she began. “I am here. I am up and moving around — not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am okay. I’m not dead. Here’s what happened.”
Goldberg, 63, went on to reveal that she had pneumonia in both lungs and was septic.
“Yes, I came very close to leaving the earth,” she admitted. “Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who aren’t huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice thing about me.”
“Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all,” she added, addressing her fellow panelists. “This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table. To everybody, see you soon.”
From The Daily Mail: Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs.
It is the leading cause of avoidable death, killing at least 44,000 a year, and the Daily Mail has long campaigned for more awareness.
If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive – ultimately leading to death within a matter of minutes.
But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.
Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine in a day
It feels like you are dying
Skin mottled or discoloured
Symptoms in children are:
Fits or convulsions
Mottled, bluish or pale skin
Rashes that do not fade when pressed
Feeling abnormally cold