Brooke Shields Says Bradley Cooper Held Her Hand Amid Health Scare

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58-year-old Brooke Shields had a health scare in September. She recalls waking up in an ambulance with actor Bradley Cooper holding her hand. Shields suffered from a grand mal seizure before a performance of her one-woman show called Previously Owned by Brooke Shields.

Shields revealed that she had been very low on sodium and drank too much water, which caused the seizure. She explained, “I mean, now my salt is okay. I didn’t know it was all about salt and they were like, eat potato chips and I’m like, really? I didn’t know the serious nature of flooding your system, flooding yourself with the necessary sodium that one needs, and how your kidneys can malfunction. I didn’t know. I just kept thinking I was hydrating.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Brooke Shields speaks onstage during Glamour Women of the Year 2023 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 07, 2023 in New York City

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Shields continued, “I was preparing for the show, and I was drinking so much water, and I didn’t know I was low in sodium. I was waiting for an Uber. I get down to the bottom of the steps, and I start evidently looking weird, and [the people I was with] were like, ‘Are you OK?'” She went to prepare for the show and stopped at a nearby restaurant where she unfortunately had a seizure.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Brooke Shields attends the 2022 Tribeca Ball on April 19, 2022 in New York City

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She said that Cooper had witnessed the scene and added, “The next thing I remember, I’m being loaded into an ambulance. I have oxygen on. And Bradley f—ing Cooper is sitting next to me holding my hand.” Now, Shields says she is more aware of her salt and water intake.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: Brooke Shields (L) and Chris Henchy attend the Impractical Jokers: The Movie Premiere Screening and Party on February 18, 2020 in New York City. 739100

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Shields is fully recovered and looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with her family, husband Chris Henchy, and daughters Grier, 17, and Rowan, 20. The family is planning to visit Europe for the holiday as one of her daughters is currently studying abroad. She joked, “Hopefully we’ll get some Turkey or something.”

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