'Real Housewives' Star Nene Leakes Opens Up About Health Scare

The reality personality says she's lucky to be alive after discovering a blood clot in her lung,
3:00 | 11/21/13

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Transcript for 'Real Housewives' Star Nene Leakes Opens Up About Health Scare
A serious health scare for one of the stars of "real housewives of atlanta." Nene leakes says she's so lucky. Going into the hospital. Bianna golodryga has her story. Reporter: She's best known for her larger-than-life permit, on "the real housewives of atlanta." A contender on "celebrity apprentice." And for her role on "glee." This girl needs to be punished. Reporter: But this morning, the 45-year-old is facing a frightening new reality after suffering a blood clot in her lung last week. On her website, posting these pictures from her hospital stay. Saying she's lucky to be alive. Late last week, I wasn't feeling well. And was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body. And I know when I should be concerned. So, I went to the hospital to get checked out. A blood clot in your lung is a true medical emergency. About 500,000 people have a blood clot every year. And 100,000 die. Reporter: Her busy schedule may have been a contributing factor. She pointed to air travel as one possible cause of what happened to her. Reporter: On her website, leakes thanked fans for their support. The doctor advised me that most people don't recognize the symptoms of the blood clots and don't go to the doctor. You want to be on guard. The first symptoms you may have, not in your chest, but in your leg. Reporter: Luckily for leakes, she caught it in time. I know a thing or two about overcoming. Reporter: And is taking the time she needs to recover. She's on the mend at home. She has been actively talking about her recovery. I think you're going to see her back on her feet in no time. Reporter: For "good morning america," bianna golodryga, abc news, new york.

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