Valerie Harper is squashing rumors about her recent hospitalization!
Harper was recently rushed to the hospital after she was found unconscious backstage at her show, Nice Work IF You Can Get It, at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine on Wednesday.
Fire department officials reported that Harper was conscious when she arrived at the York Hospital and was released Friday morning. Following the news of Harper’s health scare, there was speculation that she had been, not released, but transferred to a different hospital and in a coma.
Harper is speaking out now to reassure fans that she is not, and has never been in a coma, despite speculations.
“I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” read the message posted on the 75-year-old’s Facebook page, Friday night. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves. I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life. Much love, Valerie.”
“P.S.. But I must confess that the highlight of this ordeal came when I was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medevac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky,” she added. “Talk about movie magic!”
Following the star’s hospitalization, the theater where she was to perform released a statement to combat the coma rumors.
“There have been conflicting reports in the media regarding Valerie Harper’s condition after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening prior to going on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse,” read the statement. “Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney has been in direct communication with Valerie’s family from the beginning and can report that Valerie is not, and has never been, in a coma.”
The former Mary Tyler Moore Show actress revealed her battle with terminal brain cancer in January 2013. Since then, she has kept a positive attitude and continued working through it, surpassing the 3 month time limit doctor’s had placed on her life. In August of the same year, Harper’s doctor announced that her disease was “pretty close to remission.” The actress competed on Dancing With the Stars, later that fall.
The star told NBC’s Today show, in April 2014, that she has been doing “very well.”
“I was supposed to be gone before last Easter,” she told the show. “What I have is incurable and terminal but guess what? Not today.”