Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up about his near-death experience on the operating table.
“I remember my third open-heart surgery just a few years ago, right before ‘Terminator 6’ started,” the actor recalled in a YouTube video.
“I was really freaked out. I woke up and all of a sudden the doctors were in front of me saying, ‘I’m really sorry, but that wasn’t what we had planned.’
The 76-year-old explained that what was supposed to be a simple, non-invasive procedure became more complicated when his medical team “made a mistake and punctured the heart wall”.
Schwarzenegger added that they “had to open [him] very quickly to save [his] life” due to internal bleeding.
Despite the setback, the former California governor was determined to get back on his feet as quickly as possible.
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“At the end of the day, you can’t go back. It was a disaster. I was in the middle of a disaster,” he said.
“So now how do I get out of this?” You have to change gears. Pull yourself together, switch gears and say, “OK, what I have to do now is get out of this hospital. »
Schwarzenegger’s recovery slowly progressed from taking 10 steps a day to daily walks around the hospital.
“I even called my buddies and said, ‘You have to turn me on,'” he recalled, as footage showed the star making her way through the halls with her friends and family.
“I looked like an idiot waddling the halls but in the end I was going because the doctors said you have to exercise your lungs because if you get pneumonia you can die.”
With positivity and perseverance, he was able to continue his recovery at home in time to prepare for the start of filming for 2019’s “Terminator: Dark Fate.”
“I really wanted to get into exercising, get out of the hospital as soon as possible, and then get back into training,” the former bodybuilder explained. “I had to be in shape, I had to move, run, lift things, do the fight scenes.”
Schwarzenegger further recalls leaning on his “support system” as videos showed him hitting the gym.
The “Expendables” star shares four children — sons Patrick, 29, and Christopher, 25, and daughters Katherine, 33, and Christina, 32 — with his ex-wife, Maria Shriver.
The actor married Shriver, 67, in 1986. They separated in 2011, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until a decade later.
Schwarzenegger also shares son Joseph Baena with Mildred “Patty” Baena, whom he had an affair with during his marriage to Shriver.