“If You Get Pneumonia, You Can Die”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Left with No Choice but to Move His Body despite Nearly Dying Due to a Failed Surgery

Published 09/05/2023, 9:01 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of health and success. The bodybuilding icon turned actor turned politician is the personification of hard work. Moreover, his illustrious career and larger-than-life persona reflect the endless possibilities that an individual can attract in his lifetime. Through over-the-top action sequences and credible performances in box office hits, people came to believe in the invincibility of the former governor. However, behind all the glittering fame, Arnie fought a scary health challenge not once but thrice.

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YouTube channel “The Pump” shared a video of the Austrian Oak recollecting one of his horrific experiences during his heart surgery. Showing unwavering commitment to bounce back, Mr. Olympia pushed his body through pain to gain strength.

A doctor’s warning made Arnold Schwarzenegger work hard

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In the video, the “Fubar actor” details his journey. It was time for pulmonary valve replacement through minimal invasion. However, things went drastically differently than planned. Arnie recalled the situation in vivid detail. Although Conan was dismayed, he had no option but to act. The doctors sternly warned that if he did not work out his lungs, there might be a huge problem.

Doctor said you have to exercise your lungs because if you get pneumonia, you can die, so I wanted to get really going with exercise and get out of the hospital as quickly as possible,” informed Schwarzenegger about the harrowing experience. So he pushed himself to walk the hallways of his hospital, asking his friends to motivate him. 

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Although initially taking a few steps was hard, the former governor has never shied away from hardships. Arnie said he “looked like an idiot,” fumbling as he walked, but he kept going. Using all the strength he could muster with the support of near and dear ones, the superstar was back to filming Terminator 6 in no time. The seven-time Mr. Olympia talked about the botched-up surgery in another interview. The risk of failure was as high as 12 percent. Let us go into the details.

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Schwarzenegger’s back-to-back surgeries in twenty-four hours

Appearing in a show, the Predator killer gave details to Graham Bensinger. He narrated the challenging situation.“[The surgery] failed, and I started coughing and choking and not getting any air, and there was fluid going in the lungs,” shared Arnie. The philanthropist added, “Now it gets very dangerous because to do two surgeries within 24 hours like that… First, they tell you there’s a 6 percent chance of failure that you wipe out, and now all of a sudden that doubles. There’s 12%.” 

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The 76-year-old called the situation a “disaster.” These health ordeals show that even the Austrian Oak has to take extreme care of his health. Despite the struggles, he has delivered physically strenuous action movies year after year. Mr. Universe will begin filming another jam-packed thriller called “Breakout,” later this year. These stories are a lesson in determination. When life throws curve balls, Schwarzenegger returns with a splash. 

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Pallavi Das is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Masters's Degree from a premier University in the United Kingdom. Pallavi has over two years of experience as a Communications Associate.
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