Whoopi Goldberg’s seat at “The View” has been vacant for a month — and Friday she revealed why: She’s been battling near-fatal septic pneumonia.
“I have been starting every show since Whoopi’s been out, home sick, telling you that she’s been getting better — which she is, and that she’ll be back soon,” a flustered Joy Behar said at the top of today’s broadcast. “But today I’m gonna let her give you the update herself. Take it away, Whoopi!”
The EGOT popped up on a giant video monitor behind “The View” panelists.
“Hey, yes, it’s me — I am here and up and moving around — not as fast as I’d like to be — but I am OK,” Goldberg assured viewers of the venerable daytime talk show. “I’m not dead, so here’s what happened. I had pneumonia, uh, and I was septic.”
The pneumonia spread to both lungs, leading to fluid buildup and an infection that left Goldberg “very, very close to leaving the earth.”
“The good news? I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes, all the good things that people have been saying,” she said with a chuckle as the studio audience erupted in applause.
“Even people who are not like huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me — we all know that’s gonna change when I get back,” she quipped. “But now it’s brilliant and thank you for everything. Ladies, I can’t wait to see y’all.”
No concrete return date has been announced, but she promised to tell all about her battle when she’s back, “soon.”
So, what is septic pneumonia?
Once commonly known as “blood poisoning,” it was almost always deadly, according to the National Institutes of Health research. Today, severe septic shock strikes nearly 1 million Americans annually, and even with early treatment, sepsis kills about one in five affected people.
The NIH and Mayo Clinic stress that >anyone can contract sepsis, but the elderly, children and infants are most vulnerable. It starts as an infection (the most common being “community-acquired pneumonia”) followed by a “powerful and harmful” response by the body’s own immune system, which can damage the liver and kidneys and starve tissues of oxygen-rich blood.
“With sepsis, the fight between the infection and the body’s immune response makes the body like a battleground,” Dr. Derek Angus, a critical care physician at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, tells the NIH News in Health journal. “In the case of severe sepsis, that fight results in vital organ dysfunction, which puts one’s life in peril.”
Many who survive recover completely — but others suffer permanent organ damage and “thinking difficulties,” such as problems with planning, organizing and multitasking. Scientists are still working to understand why some people with infections develop severe sepsis or septic shock while others do not.
The bottom line: Sepsis is a health emergency that requires swift — and often costly — medical care.
Source : https://nypost.com/2019/03/08/whoopi-goldbergs-health-update-what-is-septic-pneumonia/