Whoopi Goldberg‘s ongoing battle with pneumonia may be looking up. During a segment on Friday’s (March 8) episode of The View, the 63-year-old made an appearance in a pre-recorded video to detail her struggles with the potentially fatal illness.
“Hey, yes, it’s me,” Goldberg started. “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 then divulged that she was recovering from pneumonia in both lungs that had become septic.
Septic or Sepsis Shock is “the body’s often deadly response to infection. Sepsis kills and disables millions” of people according to Sepsis.org.
In the brief clip, the actress admitted to being on her death bed during her month-long absence. “Yes, I came very close to leaving the earth,” she confessed. “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 said nice things about me.”
Goldberg initially made a brief departure from the daily talk show on Feb. 6, however, her illness wasn’t addressed until Feb. 20 when viewers began questioning her prolonged absence.