Comedian Sarah Silverman wrote a long, grateful and informative Facebook post saying she feels lucky to be alive after a bout with the sometimes deadly condition caused by a bacterial infection. Silverman spent a week in the ICU after a routine sore throat was diagnosed as a "freak case of epiglottitis."
The Mayo Clinic describes epiglottitis as a "potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis — a small cartilage 'lid' that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lung." It can be caused by trauma to the throat, various infections, and also burns from hot liquid. Silverman's post is below.
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