Oprah Winfrey Recalls Battle With Pneumonia That Scared Her Lung Specialist

During an appearance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show', the TV mogul shares the story about her recent health scare that led her doctor to order her to 'immediately cancel everything.'

AceShowbiz - Oprah Winfrey is recovering from a bout of pneumonia following a trip overseas.

Appearing on pal Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show in America on Monday, September 23, the media mogul and actress revealed she thought she was battling a bad cold, but it became much worse.

After a trip to the emergency room she was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics, but when her condition failed to improve she was urged to see a lung specialist, who gave her a scare.

"He puts a stethoscope here (over her heart) and I see the 'Oh s**t' face," she recalled. "It's like, 'Oh my, something's wrong with you', and I can see it, and he didn't hide it."

"I said, 'I told you it sounds like a rattlesnake in there'. He said, 'You must immediately cancel everything'. I've never cancelled anything in my life. I work when I'm sick... He said, 'You can't fly anywhere for a month' and then he had 18 vials of blood drawn and I thought, 'This must be serious', because I saw his face."

The doctor followed up by calling the "Selma" star every day for a week to make sure she was using an inhaler he gave her "and taking the right antibiotics."

"When I walked in and I was better, he thanked me three times for getting better, and said, 'Can I have a hug?'," she added. "And I could tell he was like, 'Not on my watch is this going to happen.' "

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