CNN’s John Berman wasn’t sure he’d survive a medical emergency during the Boston Marathon

CNN’s John Berman said on Monday he wasn’t sure it was “obvious” he would survive after suffering a medical emergency while running the Boston Marathon last week.

Upon returning to host the morning show “New Day,” Berman recalled the circumstances — as far as he can remember — that led to his hospitalization for rhabdomyolysis for three nights.

Berman remembers feeling tired around the 24-mile mark – then waking up with a high body temperature in an emergency room feeling ‘incredibly disoriented and confused’ and upset that he couldn’t get in touch with his wife, who was waiting for him at the finish line of the race. He did not remember going into a medical tent, being put in an ambulance, or taken to the hospital.

After an “unholy” amount of rehydration, Berman was released. He won’t feel any long-term effects, he said.

Not completing his fifth marathon left him feeling “extremely unfulfilled,” Berman admitted. He had run to raise money for “Team Beans”, the childhood cancer research organization created by his CNN colleague, Andrew Kaczynski, following the death of his daughter from brain cancer.

“I’m not going to lie, it kinda sucks,” Berman said of not completing the course. “What doesn’t suck is being alive, and there was a moment last Monday when I wasn’t sure that was a given.”


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