In the fall of 2020, the famous actor Jeff Bridges was diagnosed with cancer – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And a few months later, when a vaccine had not yet been invented, he contracted the coronavirus.
In an interview with People, the actor revealed that he nearly died while battling both illnesses. After a course of chemotherapy, the immune system of the Big Lebowski star was severely weakened, so his body was extremely vulnerable. “I was pretty near to death. The doctors kept informing me, “Jeff, you have to battle. You don’t fight.” I was in submission mode. I was ready to leave this world. I was dancing with death,” he said.
When a tumor was found in Bridges’ stomach, it did not cause him any pain. But, having become ill with covid, the actor began to experience severe torment. “I couldn’t turn over in bed,” he shared. Bridges began to take his first steps after he received a plasma transfusion and received blood with antibodies to the coronavirus.
“They found a cocktail that worked, and oh man, it worked fast. That thing just exploded,” Bridges explained. The tumor began to shrink after starting oral chemotherapy. But when he received COVID-19, he was in “extreme pain” and could not “roll over in bed” for five months in the hospital.
Now the actor is healing and will soon mark his 45th wedding anniversary with his wife, Susan Geston. However, he “began to follow in the footsteps of the baby” when his doctors gave him a recovering plasma, meaning he found blood that contained antibodies to people who had recovered from the virus. “Who’s going to say, ‘I’d like some cancer and give me a dose of COVID?’ was done.”