It’s been six months since Madonna was hospitalized for a bacterial infection. It was serious. She was in the ICU and had to be intubated, but rallied and was released after a few days to finish recovering at home. The only roadblock to her taking it easy was the 40 date Celebration Tour she was due to begin a few weeks later. Though she did postpone the tour, there was concern that Madge might push herself to do too much too soon to get it back on track. Knock wood, those fears seem to have been unfounded. Madonna kicked off the European leg of the tour in London on October 14, and just last week she began the North American leg with shows in New York. Fans captured video at one of the shows this weekend where Madge revealed she was in an induced coma for 48 hours during her hospitalization:
Madonna is sharing new details about her recent hospitalization for a bacterial infection.
The singer, 65, opened up about her June illness that had her admitted to the intensive care unit for several days. She revealed details about the life-changing situation while performing a show in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night, telling the crowd that she was in “an induced coma for 48 hours” in June.
She then took a moment to thank her Kabbalah teacher, who was by her side at the hospital. “The only voice I heard was his. I heard him say, ‘Squeeze my hand,’” Madonna told the crowd, according to a fan-captured video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).
The Grammy winner also gave a shout-out to her friend Shavawn, who was in the audience on Saturday and credited her with saving her life by rushing her to the hospital.
“There are some very important people in the room tonight that were with me at the hospital. There’s one very important woman who dragged me to the hospital,” she said of Shavawn in the clip. “I don’t even remember; I passed out on my bathroom floor and woke up in the ICU … She saved my life.”
During her candid speech to the crowd, Madonna also recounted her first moments upon coming out of her coma. “There were a couple of things I thought about when I first became conscious and I saw my six incredible children sitting around me — by the way, I had to almost die to get all my kids in one room” she quipped, referring to Lourdes, 27, Rocco, 23, David Banda, 18, Mercy James, 17, and 11-year-old twins Estere and Stella.
[From Yahoo! Entertainment]
I sure hope Shavawn was in a VIP section of that audience! She does indeed deserve the biggest shout-out. I would’ve guessed a thank you to the doctors and hospital staff before a nod to her Kabbalah teacher, though. Of course that could’ve happened at an unfilmed moment. It’s been a minute since we’ve heard Madonna talk about Kabbalah, non? But hey, if it got her through then amen. To me she’s never sounded more Jewish than when she says “I had to almost die to get all my kids in one room.” It’s giving me flashbacks to my grandmother kvelling the few times her five adult children were together.
Madonna is taking some time to celebrate a holiday (that’s one) for the rest of the year, and will pick up again in Boston on January 8. I was pleased to see on the schedule that she’s never burning up (that’s two) by performing more than two days in a row. Tickets are still available through late April for cities in the US, Canada, and Mexico where she’ll keep on pushing her tour over the borderline (that’s three and I’m done).
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