This is so scary! In a new interview, Sharon Stone candidly opened up about suffering a brain hemorrhage in 2001 — and revealed she had a relearn “everything” after the terrifying health ordeal. “There was about a five percent chance of me living,” she told CBS News on Sunday, Jan. 14, adding the hemorrhage affected her ability to speak, hear, walk, write, and read.
“[I had to relearn], everything, everything. My whole life was wiped out,” Sharon, 59, continued. The Oscar-nominated actress also revealed she believes her brain hemorrhage and subsequent recovery negatively impacted her career. “Others aren’t that interested in a broken person. I was alone,” she said. “I’m sure I seemed peculiar coming through this all these years, and I didn’t want to tell everybody what was happening because, you know, this is not a forgiving environment.”
Sharon in June 2001.
In September 2001, Sharon was rushed to a San Francisco emergency room after suffering a blinding headache. After spending more than a week in the hospital, Sharon’s doctors discovered that her brain, facial cavity, and spinal column were internally bleeding and she was taken into surgery. “My brain was pushed forward into my face. I’d lost 18 percent of my body mass. I came out of the hospital with short and long-term memory loss,” Sharon once told AARP Magazine. “My lower left leg was numb. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear. The side of my face was falling down. I thought, ‘I’ll never be pretty again. Who’s going to want to be around me?'”
Just a few years after Sharon’s health crisis, her then-husband, Phil Bronstein, filed for divorce. She also lost custody of their son, Roan Bronstein. “I had had a brain hemorrhage and was an actress who had made sexy movies. I would go to these [philanthropic] events where I had to get on stage. I would be in the wings, with people looking at me, my head on the floor, praying: ‘God, please help me. I know I have to go out there and raise money. But I’ve lost my child, I’ve lost my health, I’ve lost everything.’ I was just broken,” she told AARP.
Today, Sharon is thankfully happy and healthy. Following her divorce from Phil, the Basic Instinct star adopted two more sons, Quinn Stone and Laird Stone. In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Sharon admitted her kids continue to give her strength. “I think that love is the greatest faith there is and if you stay faithful in your love, then you’re going to be ok,” she shared.