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Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he nearly died due to heart surgery complications

By ANI BUREAUS Published Sep 08, 2023 10:20 am

Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger recently recalled a frightening moment that left him “freaking out” while recovering from open-heart surgery.

In a YouTube video posted by The Pump, Arnold revealed that his third open-heart surgery nearly killed him.

“We made a mistake,” Schwarzenegger recalled the doctors telling him, adding that since it caused internal bleeding, his doctors had to “open me up very quickly to save my life.”

Schwarzenegger said he was set to begin filming 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth installment of the Terminator franchise, in a few short months after the surgery, so his goal was to “shift gears” and figure out how to get out of the hospital and back on his feet.

“I was in the middle of a disaster,” he said.

Getting out of the hospital meant that he had to get out of his bed and start walking, Schwarzenegger said. It was a task that he enlisted his friends for, saying he kept calling them and asking to come help “fire me up” and count his steps.

“This is what we did every day,” he said, adding that despite “wobbling around the hallways,” the doctors told him he had to exercise his lungs because if he caught pneumonia, he could die.

Schwarzenegger eventually had a full recovery, and gave credit to his “positive attitude” and “whole support system” for helping him get there.

“By the time I started shooting Terminator 6, I was all back together again,” he said in the video with a smile.

Schwarzenegger, who had a congenital heart defect, has undergone heart surgery three times. (ANI)