John Gosselin revealed that he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and was close to a ventilator while he continued to fight the virus, but his estranged children did not even know he was ill.
The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star revealed his diagnosis and hospital stay during an interview with The Dr. Oz Show, which was recorded today and will be broadcast on Thursday.
The 43-year-old man, who worked as an IT director at a health facility during the pandemic, told host Dr. Mehmet Oz that he had a 104.8-degree fever when his girlfriend Colleen Conrad Jordan’s daughter took him to the hospital. .
Scary: John Gosselin, 43, revealed on Dr. Oz’s show that he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and almost put on a ventilator
Dr. Oz noted that people can start catching if their temperature reaches 105 degrees.
“I was in a wheelchair. I had to wait in the emergency room, John recalls. “It was crowded, as if the hospital was full, and then they put me on a cart and put me in the hallway in the waiting room so I could get a temporary room.”
He explained that “everything happened very quickly” and most of his hospital stay was unclear to him.
“After they evaluated me and took my blood and made all my blood, I suddenly received antibiotics, steroids and a blood transfusion of plasma antibodies for COVID,” he said.
“Then they moved me to another room, a more permanent room, and then I remember sleeping and then it was just surreal. Such as? I didn’t even realize why I wasn’t there until three days later.
Looking back: John, who shared photos of himself in the hospital with the show, revealed his diagnosis and brush with death during a removal interview that will air on Thursday
Hard to handle: John’s doctor believes another day of delayed treatment could lead to him being on a ventilator, which Dr. Oz noted dramatically increases mortality
Scary: Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star says he had a 104.8-degree fever when his girlfriend Colleen’s daughter Conrad Jordan (bottom left) took him to the hospital
John’s doctor believes that just one more day of delayed treatment could cause him to be on a ventilator, which Dr. Oz notes dramatically increases the virus’s mortality.
“I had very bad pneumonia from COVID based on my numbers,” Dad agreed. “It’s interesting that I didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel sick or in pain because I didn’t feel like someone was stabbing me, but when you went to move or did something and you felt so weak and wanted to faint, it was really scary. ‘
John said he would be afraid to have to stand up and use the bathroom, remembering how he had to ask his nurses to help him with almost everything.
“I’d be scared because I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to faint. I can’t breathe, “he said.” I called the nurse and felt guilty for constantly calling the nurse. Why can’t you just help me get it? Can you help me do that? Anything, you feel like a cripple.
“You go from a completely healthy week and you can’t do anything next week,” he added. “It was so weird.”
Drama: John and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Kara and Maddie, 20, and seven-year-olds Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16, but only Collin and Hannah live with him.
“I miss you”: John, who is estranged from his other six children, told Dr. Oz that his death brush made him rethink his relationship with them
John and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Kara and Maddie, 20, and couples Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16.
But Colin and Hannah live with their father. Their siblings are raised by their mother during a tumultuous parental custody battle in which John and Kate accuse the other of abuse.
John’s other children do not know that he has COVID-19 and will probably understand the news from his interview on the show.
The father told Dr. Oz that his death brush had caused him to rethink his relationship with his estranged children, and he shared an emotional message about them, saying he “loved them.”
“I hope they develop a relationship with Hannah and Colin. I hope that one day I will be able to be a part of your life – he said in front of the camera. “I am just happy to have a second chance. I was more concerned about myself in the hospital and about improving and returning to my family.
“I miss them,” he continued. “It’s another surreal part of my life where I have thick skin to move on to help Hannah and Colin right now because they live with me. These are things I want to build on.
Torn: John’s other six children live with his ex Kate, pictured with Kara and Maddie
Glory: The former couple first welcomed their twins in 2001, and the sequels followed in 2004, which led to their reality show a few years later.
John’s stay in the hospital comes months after his son Colin claimed that his father punched and kicked him in an already deleted Instagram post, which sparked an investigation.
The Couples Therapy Fellowship denied the allegations, and in September he showed DailyMail.com a letter from the Berks County Pennsylvania Office for Children and Youth confirming that the report of alleged child abuse was “unfounded.”
Two months later, John encouraged his children to talk about the drama surrounding their family while participating in Dr. Oz’s show.
“I think the kids need to talk,” he said. “I mean, I give them the conclusion: ‘If you want to talk to the public because you’re public [people], you have every opportunity to do these things. ”
John added that he felt his children would have to “intervene” to repair bridges with his ex-wife.
“I have no idea if they will reach out this way.” I left this in their court and I’m just focused on the two who live with me because there are so many therapies and work going on, COVID and everything else, “he said.