Jon Gosselin has revealed that he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and close to being put in a ventilator as he continues to fight the virus, but his foreign children do not even know he is ill.
The former Jon & Kate Plus 8-star opened up about her diagnosis and hospital stay during an interview on Dr. Oz Show, which was recorded today and airs on Thursday.
The 43-year-old, who has worked as IT director at a health facility during the pandemic, told host Dr. Mehmet Oz that he had a fever of 104.8 degrees when his girlfriend Colleen Conrad’s daughter Jordan took him to the hospital.
Scary: Jon Gosselin, 43, has revealed on Dr. Oz Show that he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and almost put in a ventilator
Dr. Oz noted that people can start grabbing if their temperature hits 105 degrees.
‘I was sitting in a wheelchair. I had to wait in ER, ”Jon reminded. ‘It was packed as the hospital was full and then they put me on a gurney 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 a blur for him.
‘Once they assessed me and once they drew my blood and did all my blood work, suddenly I get antibiotics, steroids and a plasma antibody transfusion against COVID,’ he said.
‘Then they moved me up to another room, a more permanent room, and then I just remember I slept, and then it was just surreal. Like what? I did not even realize why I was there until three days later. ‘
Looking back: Jon, who shared photos of himself in the hospital with the show, opened up about his diagnosis and brushed off death during a remote interview airing Thursday
Difficult to deal with: Jon’s doctor thought that a day’s delayed treatment could have led to him being in a ventilator more, which Dr. Oz noted dramatically raising mortality.
Scary: The former Jon & Kate Plus 8-star said he had a 104.8-degree fever when his girlfriend Colleen Conrad’s daughter Jordan (bottom left) took him to the hospital
Jon’s doctor thought that just one day of delayed treatment could have led to him being in a ventilator more, which Dr. Oz noted dramatically raising the virus’ mortality rate.
‘I had a really bad COVID pneumonia based on my numbers,’ the father agreed. ‘What’s interesting is that I did not feel it. I did not feel sick and I did not feel pain because it did not feel like someone stabbed me, but when you went to move or do something and you felt so weak and you wanted to pass, it was really scary. ”
Jon said he would fear having to get up and use the bathroom and remember how he had to ask his nurses to help him with almost everything.
‘I would fear it because I’m like, “Oh my God, I will fail. I can not breathe,” he said. “I called the nurse and I felt guilty calling the nurse all the time. Why can you not just help me get this? Can you help me with it? Everything you feel is invalid.
‘You go from completely healthy one week until you can do nothing the next week,’ he added. ‘It was so weird.’
Drama: Jon and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Cara and Mady, 20, and sextet Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16, but only Collin and Hannah live with him
‘I miss them’: Jon, who is estranged from his other six children, told Dr. Oz that his brush with death has made him reconsider his relationship with them
Jon and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Cara and Mady, 20, and sextet Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16.
However, only Collin and Hannah live with their father. Their siblings are raised by their mother during their parents’ messy parenting battle, where both Jon and Kate have accused the other of abuse.
Jon’s other children are unaware that he has COVID-19 and will probably find out the news from his interview on the show.
The father told Dr. Oz that his brush with death has caused him to reconsider his relationship with his foreign children, and he shared an emotional message with them, saying he ‘loves them.’
‘I hope they develop a relationship with Hannah and Collin. I hope one day I can be a part of your life, ‘he told the camera. ‘I’m glad I got another chance. I was more worried about myself in the hospital and getting better and getting back to my family.
‘I miss them,’ he continued. ‘It’s another surreal part of my life that I’ve developed a thick skin around to move on just to help Hannah and Collin right now as they live with me. These are things that I want to build on. ‘
Torn apart: Jon’s other six children live with his ex Kate, pictured with Cara and Mady
Fame: The former couple first welcomed their twins in 2001, and the sextuplets followed in 2004, leading to their reality show a few years later
Jon’s hospital stay comes months after his son Collin claimed his father had beaten and kicked him in a now-deleted Instagram post, prompting an investigation.
The party therapy alumni denied the allegations, and in September he showed DailyMail.com a letter from Berks County Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania confirming the report of suspected child abuse was ‘unfounded’.
Two months later, Jon invited his children to talk about the drama surrounding their family during a performance on The Dr. Oz Show.
‘I think the kids need to talk,’ he said. ‘I mean, I give them the expiration of,‘ If you want to talk to the public because you are public [people], you have every opportunity to do these things. “‘
Jon added that he felt that there would be a need for intervention from his children if he was ever to repair bridges with his ex-wife.
‘I have no idea if they reach out that way. I have left it in their court and I just focus on the two who live with me because so much is happening with therapies and work and COVID and everything else, ‘he said.