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Sarah Silverman Reveals Nearly Fatal Experience With Epiglottitis: ‘I Am Insanely Lucky to Be Alive’

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Sarah Silverman spent last week in the ICU, fighting a potentially fatal “freak case of epiglottitis,” the comedian revealed in a Facebook post on Wednesday. The throat infection was evidently so serious that Silverman says she is “insanely lucky to be alive.” The medical crisis came to light almost by chance, as Silverman was only experiencing a sore throat when she went to the doctor. She wrote: “Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.” Silverman had to get surgery and spent several days in the ICU before being released. Of the health scare, she says: “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?’” She added that after the ordeal, “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.” Here’s hoping Silverman has a speedy recovery. Read her full statement below.

Sarah Silverman Reveals Recent Medical Crisis