Shania Twain says her near-death experience with COVID-19 was like 'science fiction': 'I felt like I was going to another planet'

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  • Shania Twain recalled having to be airlifted to the hospital after contracting COVID-19.

  • "It was like science fiction, I felt like I was going to another planet or something," she said.

  • Twain, 57, is no stranger to adversity having been diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2004.

Shania Twain has recalled having to be airlifted to the hospital after contracting COVID-19 and pneumonia.

The country music legend told the UK Daily Mirror that the incident happened during the height of the pandemic at her home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

"It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting worse, and in the end, I had to be air evacuated," she said.

"It was like science fiction. I felt like I was going to another planet or something. It all kind of happened in slow motion."

According to the "You're Still The One" singer, her husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, was "freaking out" while trying to arrange the airlift.

"He was really panicking because he was the one having to pull it all together," said Twain, 57.

"He spent hours and hours every day on the phone, trying to get an air evacuation coordinated, trying to get a bed lined up, as there were none, checking my vital signs. It was just a real nightmare for him."

Twain added that after she arrived in the hospital, she was placed in isolation and underwent plasma therapy — but that her condition was touch and go.

"It took several days to start building up any antibodies at all, so it was a very dangerous time and very scary," she said. "I made it through and I'm just so grateful."

Shania Twain and her husband Frederic Thiebaud attend the "Who you gonna call" photocall during the 16th Zurich Film Festival at Kino Corso on September 26, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Twain with her husband, Frédéric Thiébaud.Getty/Andreas Rentz

Twain, who is a five-time Grammy winner, is no stranger to adversity, having been diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2004.

The disease damaged the nerves in her vocal cords and resulted in her 10-year hiatus from singing.

Twain re-learned how to sing thanks to physical therapy and in 2018 had open-throat surgery to strengthen the weakened nerves in her throat.

Last year, Twain opened up on her struggles with the disease in her Netflix documentary, "Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl."

"My symptoms were quite scary because before I was diagnosed, I was on stage very dizzy, I was losing my balance," she said. "I was afraid I was going to fall off the stage and the stage is quite high. So I was staying far from the edge. I was adjusting what I was doing."

She added: "I was having these very, very millisecond blackouts, but regularly every minute, or every 30 seconds."

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