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Sarah Silverman recovering from life-threatening infection

Published 07/07/2016

Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen
Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen

Comedienne praises boyfriend and "real-life hero" Michael Sheen following health issue.

Sarah Silverman is "lucky to be alive" after contracting a bacterial infection which left her hospitalised last week (ends02Jul16).

The comedienne was admitted to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a visit to the doctor for what she thought was just a sore throat. She was diagnosed with Epiglottitis, a potentially life-threatening condition in which the epiglottis becomes inflamed and blocks air to the lungs.

On Wednesday (06Jul16), Sarah took to Facebook to reveal why she's been missing in action, and shared her gratitude for the doctors and loved ones who helped her during the frightening health scare.

"I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive," she wrote. "I owe my life to Dr. Shawn Nasseri, Dr. Robert Naruse, Dr. Rob Huizenga, every nurse, and every technician & orderly at Cedars who's punch-the-clock jobs happen to save human lives on the regular.

"There's something that happens when three people you're so close to die within a year and then YOU almost die but don't. (That was me. I'm the one that didn't die.) It's a strange dichotomy between, 'Why me?' and the other, 'Why me?'"

Describing her hospitalisation, she continued, "They couldn't put me fully to sleep for the recovery process because my blood pressure's too low. I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was. They had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube. My friend Stephanie said I kept writing 'was I in an accident?'

"When I woke up 5 days later I didn't remember anything. I thanked everyone at the ICU for my life, went home, and then slowly as the opiates faded away, remembered the trauma of the surgery & spent the first two days home kind of free-falling from the meds/lack of meds and the paralyzing realization that nothing matters. Luckily that was followed by the motivating revelation that nothing matters."

Sarah went on to praise those who looked after her, including actor boyfriend Michael Sheen, calling him "my real-life hero", and friends who made sure "there wasn't a moment I was alone".

She didn't lose her famous sense of humour even while she was on medication, adding, "I couldn't speak for a while and I don't remember a lot of my 'lucid' time, but (manager) Amy (Zvi) told me I stopped a nurse - like it was an emergency - furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, 'Do you live with your mother?' next to a drawing of a penis.

"Also, when I first woke up and the breathing tube came out, I still couldn't talk and they gave me a board of letters to communicate. My loved ones stood there, so curious what was going to be the first thing I had to say. They followed my finger, rapt, as I pointed from letter to letter until I finally spelled out, "Did you see (movie) Hello My Name is Doris."

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