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Maria Menounos Reveals Both Parents in Hospital Battling COVID

LOS ANGELES – Greek-American entertainment reporter and television personality Maria Menounos revealed in a recent podcast that both her parents are fighting COVID-19 in the hospital. According to People magazine, Menounos “is asking for ‘prayers.’”

“After a weeklong absence from hosting her podcast and daily show, Better Together, Menounos revealed that she was away taking care of her parents,” People reported, adding that “the journalist, 42, said that she initially flew to Los Angeles to help her mother Litsa, who has been dealing with a brain tumor after battling stage 4 brain cancer.”

“We got some not some not so great news on Monday, November 23, that my mom’s brain tumor was growing,” Menounos said on the latest episode of Better Together, People reported, adding that “the next day, she explained, her mom’s caretaker called in sick, so she and her husband, Keven Undergaro, flew out to help.”

“We land, and that's when this all started. I'm just going to share that we're in process right now, and we still need prayers. Long story short is that within a few hours, both of my parents were diagnosed with COVID,” Menounos said, People reported, noting that “her mother immediately went to the hospital, and her father followed soon after.”

“First it was my mom; they had rushed her to the hospital right when I landed, and then a few hours later my dad tested positive. It was absolutely surreal,” she said, tearing up, People reported, “And at this moment, both of them are in separate hospitals here in Los Angeles.”

Menounos had her own health scare in 2017 when she had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. She said that “she has spent most of her days fielding calls from the various doctors treating her parents across the two hospitals,” People reported.

“It's been pretty insane,” she said, noting that she “is trying not to linger on what could happen to her parents,” People reported.

“I've kept focusing on what my desired outcome, and not what my fear was, and that helped me a lot. I think as it has extended, and I’ve become more and more tired, fear creeps back in,” Menounos said, People reported.

Menounos cried as she said that “the last few weeks have been difficult,” People reported.

"It has been an incredible challenge. You work so hard to keep your parents healthy and alive, and to see something like this happen. I mean it was bad enough on Monday to hear that about my mom's tumor. And then the pile of that, um, is a lot,” Menounos said, People reported.

Menounos also noted the help of family and friends as well as the hospital staff.

“Luckily, we've had incredible doctors, incredible nurses, incredible friends, and incredible family, that have lifted up and helped us in this time,” she said, People reported, “I can't say enough about these nurses who are now having to manage FaceTime sessions. That's not part of their job.”

Menounos also “offered to share in another podcast episode how she has been managing caring for two COVID-19 patients when she is unable to actually see them in person,” People reported.

She said, “There’s a helpless feeling there, but you don't have to be helpless. You can still be engaged as an active participant and as an advocate, and as their caretaker, and I will show you exactly how to do that, and how I've done it, and some tips and tricks that have been incredibly helpful,” People reported.

Menounos’ podcast is available online:

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