Oprah says the doctor who misdiagnosed her said she didn’t want the legendary talk show host to ‘die on me’
Doctors misdiagnosed Oprah’s thyroid problem as a heart problem in 2007, Winfrey told the Los Angeles Times.
Winfrey confronted one of the doctors, who told the TV personality “I wasn’t going to make you die on me.”
The interview was to promote his new documentary “The Color of Care”.
Oprah Winfrey has opened up about how medical racism and access to healthcare impacted her own life – including the time a doctor misdiagnosed a thyroid problem that caused heart palpitations.
“And she said, ‘What was I going to do? You’re Oprah Winfrey, and I wasn’t going to kill you without doing everything I thought I could do,’” Winfrey told the Los Angeles Times.
Winfrey said she thought the doctor acted “irresponsibly”.
“And I also thought, for the first time, ‘I can see now that when you show up and you’re a famous person, even though everyone seems happy to see you, they’re also nervous because they also have to cover themselves,” Winfrey said.
Winfrey spoke about her experiences as a black woman dealing with the healthcare system. The 68-year-old talk show legend said being a celebrity accessing healthcare has its downsides, but also its upsides.
“I’ve noticed things change for you when you’re a famous person. You get a doctor’s appointment. You don’t have to wait in line. You don’t have to deal with a lot of delays. excessive that other people have And so I lived this life of privileges and advantages, and then I was exposed to the best of health care.
The interview was in part to promote a documentary Winfrey is producing called “The Color of Care,” which tackles racial inequities in health. In the United States, racial disparities lead to a decline in the quality of health care and deaths from preventable diseases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color and low-income people were more likely to contract and die from COVID-19.
Winfrey said she was inspired to produce the film after hearing about Gary Fowler, a black man who died on his couch after being rejected from three emergency rooms for symptoms of COVID-19.
Winfrey also revealed during the interview that she had stayed home for 322 straight days during the pandemic and would continue to wear masks as a precaution.
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