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    Oprah Winfrey Recently Had A Health Scare So Serious, The Doctor Asked For A Hug When She Got The All-Clear

    After a trip overseas, Winfrey ended up in the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and advised to see a lung specialist.

    Oprah Winfrey is opening up about a serious health scare that's prompted her to go on tour to promote health and wellbeing.

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    Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Winfrey revealed that she had recently been diagnosed with pneumonia after a trip overseas and had only gotten the all-clear the day before.

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Winfrey said that originally she thought she had a cold after landing back home, but a trip to the emergency room revealed that it was much more serious.

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Things went from bad to worse when Winfrey revealed that the antibiotics she'd been given weren't working, and when she returned to the hospital for a CT scan, she was told she needed to see a lung specialist.

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    Winfrey knew things weren't looking good when she saw the doctor's face while he was examining her. "He puts a stethoscope [to my chest] and I see the 'oh shit' face," she said. "I can see it, he didn't hide it."

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Under the doctor's orders, Winfrey "cancelled everything", something she's never done in the past because she usually continues to work when she's sick.

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    "I've never cancelled anything in my life," Winfrey told DeGeneres. "I work when I'm sick." She further revealed that she was also told not to fly for a month and had 18 vials of blood drawn for testing.

    A week later and finally starting to recover from the illness, Winfrey was once again reminded how serious the health scare had been when she revisited the doctor.

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Winfrey said: "When I walked in and I was better, he thanked me three times for getting better and said: 'Can I have a hug?' I could tell that he was like: 'Not on my watch is this gonna happen.'"

    Encouraging the audience to get their flu and pneumonia shots, Winfrey then revealed that her bout of illness had "changed the way I look at wellness". So much so that she's now going on tour to talk about it.

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    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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