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Sarah Silverman 'Insanely Lucky To Be Alive' After Five Days In ICU

Sarah Silverman (photosSarah Silverman photos) says she's lucky to be alive after a frightening medical scare.

The comedienne has revealed on Facebook that she had been in the ICU trying to recover from a very rare and life-threatening illness.

I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive. Don't even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis," she began.

Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis, a small cartilage lid that covers your windpipe, swells blocking the flow of air into the lungs.

"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. It's a strange dichotomy between, 'Why me?' and the other, 'Why me?'"

"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 first woke up and the breathing tube came out, I still couldn't talk and they gave me a board of letters to communicate," she recalled. "My loved ones stood there, so curious what was going to be the first thing I had to say."

"They followed my finger as I pointed from letter to letter until I finally spelled out, 'Did you see Hello My Name Is Doris?'"

July 7, 2016 |

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