RECOVERING

George Michael: Hospital Saved My Life

George Michael on Friday tearfully said that he would have died from pneumonia had it not been for the work of his doctors at a Vienna hospital. In a 10-minute speech outside his London home, the singer said it was “touch-and-go” while he was in the intensive-care unit, and the hospital “spent three weeks keeping me alive basically.” Although Michael, 48, said he feels “amazing,” he appeared to have lost weight since falling ill and seemed out of breath during his speech. Michael spoke about “waking up” 10 days ago, suggesting that he was in a coma, and he said he had received a tracheotomy to clear up his breathing passages. Very few details were released during Michael’s hospital stay, and he acknowledged his representatives had “played it down.”