"Some Say God Saved Me." Morgan Freeman Nearly Died Due To Pneumonia When He Was 16

Date May 28, 2018

Although we are living in the XXI century, many infections are still extremely dangerous. Such diseases as tuberculosis, malaria, diarrheal diseases, HIV/AIDS, and lower respiratory infections are leading causes of death in the world. Speaking of the latter, lower respiratory infection is basically a synonym for pneumonia (the term can also describe lung abscesses and acute bronchitis), and alone is responsible for approximately 3 million deaths worldwide each year, despite the fact this disease is treatable.

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Morgan Freeman's near death experience

Morgan Freeman was the one lucky guy who survived one of the most dangerous forms of pneumonia. He was only 16 years old when he developed an abscess in one of his lungs, which is mass containing necrotic debris or puss caused by infection. Freeman’s condition became life-threatening when the abscess burst.


Somehow, the future actor survived. Was it because of his immune system, or was it because of the miraculous intervention? In the last episode of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, the actor shares his opinion on this matter:

Some say God saved me. I’ve survived so many things in my life that I don’t find myself asking the question of ‘why’. I don’t believe that we have a preordained life. Your fortune cannot be told. Life is more about what you believe than almost anything else. That’s why God still exists.


What does medicine tell us about pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a lung infection which can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or a virus. Pneumonia is an airborne disease, which means it can transmit via respiratory droplets.

Like almost every other severe infection, pneumonia causes fever, chills, and sweating. It also causes heavy cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Common symptoms of intoxication can be also present: pain in muscles and bones, overall weakness, disturbed sleep, possible nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Doctors warn that pneumonia is hard to diagnose due to the symptoms that may often mimic those of a simple cold or flu. The first thing you need to do is to visit a doctor as soon as possible if you have noticed the symptoms above. The doctor has to listen for specific sounds in your lungs using a stethoscope.

How to prevent pneumonia?

Pneumonia is often a complication of the flu virus, which means the best possible way of prevention is getting vaccinated. Another great thing to prevent pneumonia is to quit smoking, because it increases the risk of getting pneumonia, as the protective mechanisms of your lungs just don’t work due to tobacco. Good hygiene is the simplest way of preventing not only pneumonia but also many other infections. The main rule of good hygiene is to wash your hands frequently.

We hope that this information will help you if you face pneumonia. If you found this article useful – share with your friends. Take care and stay healthy!

                                                                                      Source: CNN, Everyday Health, American Lung Association

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