Conchata Ferrell is on a respirator after suffering a heart attack recently. Her husband Arnie Anderson confirmed the news as he said the 77-year-old has been transferred to a long-term care facility after she spent more than a month in ICU. The ‘Two and a Half Men’ star was admitted to the hospital in May after feeling ill. It has been reported that the illness was related to an infection she struggled with back in December-January. However, during her time in the ICU, she went into cardiac arrest, which according to Anderson lasted for about 10 minutes.
The actress has now been shifted to a treatment center, where she is on a respirator and dialysis. TMZ reported that though Ferrell’s condition is stable and she is semi-conscious, she is not able to speak or communicate. Anderson also told the outlet that he was not allowed to meet his wife due to the Covid-19 guidelines. “It’s going to be a while before there’s any recovery. It’s all neurological. There’s nothing we can do to speed it up the process. We are hoping for the best,” her husband said.
Earlier in February, Ferrell said that she was admitted to a hospital in December in Charleston, West Virginia, for a kidney infection. At the time, she had been living at her vacation home in West Virginia since Thanksgiving. The star said that the infection contaminated her blood also which led her to spend a few weeks in the ICU before she was discharged and put into transitional care in January.
At the time, Ferrell was bedridden for almost a month while going through physical therapy several times a day. She also praised her husband for being by her side throughout the ordeal. Anderson reportedly worked tirelessly every day to make sure Ferrell was fine. Ferrell and Anderson are married since 1986. She is a mother to a 38-year-old daughter, Samantha, who was born in 1982 and has two step-daughters by Anderson.
Ferrell is best known for playing Berta, Charlie Sheen’s beloved and quick-witted housekeeper on the CBS sitcom. She was a long-time cast member of ‘Two and a Half Men’ that aired from 2003 to 2015. She appeared on more than 200 episodes of the show and also received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supportive Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007.
When the show ended, Ferrell did not stop working as she was seen as Aunt Dorothy in the 2015 holiday horror ‘Krampus’ and played Carmelita in the TV movie ‘Postal Jerks’ the same year. She also appeared in an episode of ‘Grace and Frankie’ on Netflix in 2016 and in five episodes of ‘The Ranch’ in 2017, before being seen in the movie ‘Deported’ in 2020.
Reports have claimed that Ferrell initially had no plans to become an actress as after dropping out of West Virginia University, she worked various jobs and later enrolled at Marshall University just outside of Charleston. At the University, she got a degree in history education. But her aim changed when she appeared in the second ‘Barfenon Review’, a sketch comedy and musical show in 1969.