Shania Twain recalls being air-evacuated to hospital after contracting Covid pneumonia


Shania Twain recalls being airlifted to the hospital after contracting Covid pneumonia and struggling to breathe: ‘It was progressively getting worse’

Shania Twain shared her very scary experience with Covid pneumonia, which got so bad that she had to be air-evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

The Queen of Country Pop, 57, revealed that after getting sick during the height of the pandemic she was struggling to breathe at which point her husband Frédéric Thiébaud, 53, organized an air lift from their home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

‘It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting worse… and in the end I had to be air evacuated,’ the star — who recently opened up about the childhood sexual abuse she experienced — told The Mirror in a new interview.

Health scare: Shania Twain shared her very scary experience with Covid pneumonia, which got so bad that she had to be air-evacuated to a hospital for treatment; Pictured 2021

Health scare: Shania Twain shared her very scary experience with Covid pneumonia, which got so bad that she had to be air-evacuated to a hospital for treatment; Pictured 2021

The That Don’t Impress Me Much hitmaker described the helicopter ride as ‘going to another planet.’ 

‘It was like science fiction, I felt like I was going to another planet or something. It all kind of happened in slow motion,’ she said.

Twain revealed that her husband was ‘freaking out’ and frantically trying to find her a free hospital bed, which were very limited during that time.

Scary: The Queen of Country Pop, 57, revealed that after getting sick during the height of the pandemic she was struggling to breathe and had to be airlifted to a hospital; Pictured 2022

Scary: The Queen of Country Pop, 57, revealed that after getting sick during the height of the pandemic she was struggling to breathe and had to be airlifted to a hospital; Pictured 2022

‘He spent hours and hours every day on the phone, trying to get an air evacuation coordinated, trying to get a bed lined up, as there were none, checking my vital signs. It was just a real nightmare for him,’ she explained.

After she got to the hospital the songstress was put in isolation and then treated with plasma therapy. 

‘It took several days to start building up any antibodies at all, so it was a very dangerous time and very scary,’ she remembered, adding, ‘I made it through and I’m just so grateful.’

Health woes: 'It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting worse¿ and in the end I had to be air evacuated,' she shared, adding that her husband Frédéric Thiébaud, 53, organized an air lift from their home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland; Pictured 2020

Health woes: ‘It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting worse… and in the end I had to be air evacuated,’ she shared, adding that her husband Frédéric Thiébaud, 53, organized an air lift from their home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland; Pictured 2020

A nightmare: 'He spent hours and hours every day on the phone, trying to get an air evacuation coordinated, trying to get a bed lined up, as there were none, checking my vital signs. It was just a real nightmare for him,' she explained; Pictured 2021

A nightmare: ‘He spent hours and hours every day on the phone, trying to get an air evacuation coordinated, trying to get a bed lined up, as there were none, checking my vital signs. It was just a real nightmare for him,’ she explained; Pictured 2021

She also expressed her gratitude for her husband: ‘I thought, “Wow, if I was living alone in a more isolated scenario, I don’t know what would have happened”. My heart goes out to people who don’t have that support to help them get the right care.’

The health battle had such a big impact on Twain she even wrote a song titled Inhale/Exhale Air about it, for her upcoming sixth studio album, Queen Of Me, which is set to be released on February 3.

‘It’s a song of ­gratitude and appreciation,’ she says. ‘I was inspired that I still had air in my lungs.’ 

Better now: After she got to the hospital the songstress was put in isolation and treated with plasma therapy. Her upcoming sixth studio album, Queen Of Me, will feature a song titled Inhale/Exhale Air about the scary health ordeal; Pictured 2021

Better now: After she got to the hospital the songstress was put in isolation and treated with plasma therapy. Her upcoming sixth studio album, Queen Of Me, will feature a song titled Inhale/Exhale Air about the scary health ordeal; Pictured 2021

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