Reality TV star Duane Chapman, who’s better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, suffered a “heart emergency” earlier this month but checked himself out of the hospital against doctors’ advice. His friend, Dr. Oz, has now stepped in to try and help save Chapman’s life.
In an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” Monday, the “Dog’s Most Wanted” star learned he has a pulmonary embolism in the heart, which means one or more of his arteries has been blocked. It’s a condition that Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed is “life-threatening.”
The popular doctor made a house call to Chapman at his Denver home because the bounty hunter suffered a recent heart emergency which left him gasping for air. The health scare comes three months after his beloved wife, Beth Chapman, died of cancer.
During the house call, Chapman likened Oz to entertaining an angel as the Bible talks about. Oz replied, “God Bless you,” and then both of the men of faith proceeded to have a serious conversation about Chapman’s future and health.
“You’re a ticking time bomb,” Oz bluntly told Chapman. “You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now.”
“Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from the doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring,” he continued.
The TV star said he always puts his “foot in his mouth” because after the death of his wife, he declared he “wasn’t afraid of death.”
“I was afraid to die,” Chapman confessed to Oz and then said he looked to Heaven and told his wife, “Please let go of my heart, honey.”
Oz shared some additional information with PEOPLE about Chapman’s current condition.
“[Duane] was fearful,” he revealed. “Beth had been his north star. She was the one that would go with him and keep him balanced so he could deal with these things. Losing her took away his biggest support.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law