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My wife would ask, ‘Is he gonna die?’

The Dude was not okay.

Jeff Bridges is opening up extra about his harrowing near-death expertise battling COVID and most cancers.

In an interview set to air on CBS “Sunday Morning” this Sunday, the 72-year-old recounted how critical his combat with lymphoma turned after getting identified with COVID and spending 5 weeks within the ICU.

“Oh, man — what a journey,” Bridges recounted earlier than admitting he “couldn’t breathe” and went by “superb ache” throughout the ordeal.

When interviewer Ben Mankiewicz requested whether or not he had moments the place he thought, “Effectively, this is likely to be it,” the “Large Lebowski” star responded, “Oh, the medical doctors, yeah – my spouse would ask, ‘Is he gonna die?’ They usually say, ‘We’re doing one of the best we are able to.’ They wouldn’t reassure her that it was all gonna be tremendous.”  

Bridges, who this yr is celebrating 45 years of marriage to Susan Geston, additionally contemplated that it was fascinating how completely different individuals take care of mortality.

“My medical doctors have been saying, ‘Jeff, you gotta combat. Man, you’re not preventing. You gotta combat.’ And I stated … ‘I’m in give up mode, man.’”  

Bridges first introduced that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2020 whereas a lot of the world was locked down throughout the COVID pandemic.

The Oscar-winning “Loopy Coronary heart” actor was doing a house exercise on the time and felt one thing uncommon in his abdomen. “I had a 12-by-9-inch tumor in my physique. Like a baby in my physique. It didn’t damage or something,” he stated of his physician’s discovery.

He started a cocktail of medicines for chemotherapy — and the outcomes appeared to be promising. However in January 2021, the chemo had weakened his immune system and the star bought COVID earlier than the vaccine was accessible.

Bridges’ spouse Susan Geston was involved that he was going to die whereas within the ICU.
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“I had no defenses. That’s what chemo does — it strips you of all of your immune system. I had nothing to combat it,” he stated. “COVID made my most cancers appear to be nothing.”

He would spend the following 5 months in excessive ache within the hospital, yelling for nurses to assist him with oxygen each time he rolled over.

Bridges powered by and left the ICU after 5 weeks. He has since introduced that his most cancers is in remission and has returned to work filming his new FX drama, “The Previous Man.”

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