The veteran broadcaster Barbara Walters! Know about her current life and health status and her recovery from chickenpox and a temple injury!

Barbara Walters is an American legendary broadcaster, author, and TV personality. She possesses an outstanding interviewing ability and also was one of the most popular anchors. She was also the first woman to co-host the NBC’s The Today Show. She continued to pioneer women in broadcasting and became the first lady to host ABC’s ABC Evening News. She is a lady who had continued to work for these programs even after retirement. But over the last few years, she has become frail and prefers to be alone. We take a look at Barbara Walter’s present age and health status.

Her current health status

Barbara Walters was born on 25 September 1929 and is currently 88 years old. She is living her life now within the limits of her New York apartment and does not receive any guests. She has significant signs of aging and also has become a bit forgetful and confused. Barbara has developed a fear that if she ventures out she would fall and break her hip.

Source: YouTube (Barbara Walters)
Source: YouTube (Barbara Walters near her New York apartment)

She does know that this could lead to more problems in her life besides her old age. She prefers to only allow very close friends to meet her. There is a trainer who sees her weekly.

Barbara Walter’s 2013 illness

In 2013, Barbara Walters had taken ill. She had suffered a fall and cut her temple. It was so bad that she needed to be hospitalized. She was attending the inauguration party at the British ambassador’s residence in Washington when she fell and injured herself badly. She had been treated at a Washington hospital.

Source: Vanityfair (Barbara in her New York apartment during better-health days)
Source: Vanityfair (Barbara in her New York apartment during better-health days)

But while at the hospital, Barbara Walters developed a fever and later it became known that the fever was due to chicken pox. She soon developed rashes over her body. She was then transferred to the New York hospital. Whoopi Goldberg, the co-host of The View told on the show:

“We want to give you an update on Barbara. You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors, and we’re telling you, Barbara — no scratching.”

About Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a viral infection which can infect early in life. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is a highly contagious disease. There is fever with a rash which soon takes the form of small and itchy blisters. The chest, trunk, and back are usually affected by these blisters. The blisters remain for 5-7 days and then dry up. Children usually get this disease in their growing years and are immune to it for the rest of their life. But when a child is not affected by this disease, it could happen to him or her in adulthood, like in the case of Barbara Walters.

Source: WebMD (Chickenpox rashes)
Source: WebMD (Chickenpox rashes)

The disease is usually self-limiting in childhood, but it is more severe in adults and could also lead to complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis. The mass use of chickenpox vaccines has led to a decline in the number of such cases over the years.

When infected with chicken pox, isolation is needed. Treatment of symptoms such as fever and itchiness is needed. Specific anti-viral drugs are available but are reserved for only the severe cases.