Star Jones almost died after a secret plastic surgery operation left her with internal bleeding and close to a heart attack, The National Enquirer can reveal.
The TV host lost almost half her blood after going under the knife for a breast lift and doctors feared she may not pull through.
Trembling and shaking uncontrollably, she was rushed to the hospital for emergency transfusions, said close sources.
Star, 44, flew to the West Coast from her New York home to have her boobs lifted secretly while she was on a break from The View.
But she ended up fighting for survival at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on March 17.
And, in another sensational twist, Star‘s husband Al Reynolds couldn’t fly out to be at her side — because he was also in the hospital after he cut his head when he fell at his Manhattan gym on the same day!
Star‘s life-and-death drama unfolded several hours after she underwent surgery. Distressed medics called 911 after her vital signs plunged to dangerous levels.
A source revealed: “Nurses saw her blood counts were dropping and she was going into shock. She was trembling and shaking uncontrollably.
“An ambulance was called and Star was rushed to Saint John’s ER where she began blood transfusions to save her life.
“She lost close to half of her own blood and was in serious danger of going into cardiac arrest.”
When she was out of danger, Star, who was once over 300lbs, was taken to a private room where doctors monitored her throughout the night.
By Monday March 20 she was taken to the shelter of Serenity, one of the world’s most exclusive after-care facilities for wealthy cosmetic surgery patients, also based in Santa Monica.
A spokesman for Star told The National Enquirer: “She had an elective breast lift procedure. Star is recovering wonderfully.”
Husband Al had received stitches in two cuts to his head after his gym fall, a rep added.
“The doctors kept Mr. Reynolds overnight for observation. He is recovering and in good spirits.”