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‘Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak details ‘horrific pain’ before emergency surgery in tell-all interview

WHEEL of Fortune's long-time host Pat Sajak is revealing what happened during a recent health scare that lead to emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

The 73-year-old recently spoke to Good Morning America about his operation in November and said he's feeling much better and already back to work.

Pat told GMA's Paula Faris: “I’ve actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks.

"I’ve been back in the studio spinning the wheel and nothing has popped."

He said in the interview that he was rushed to the hospital last month after going on a walk with his daughter, Maggie, and then suffering from 'excruciating' stomach pain.

Within two hours he said doctors were operating on him.

Pat said: “It was that quick and that intense.”

Hi recalled his blood pressure had dangerously dropped from the blockage.

Before doctors could do surgery they had to wait for it to stabalize.

He said: “You couldn’t do anything. I was in [a] fetal position, lying on the bed.”

"They try to give you various drugs for the pain. And none of it was working."

However, one medication had quite the effect, making Pat think he had entered the pearly gates.

He remembered: "Suddenly, I wasn’t thinking about the pain. I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it.”

Pat recalled hearing his wife and daughter's voices and he thought: "...this must be death. This must be what death is like.“

He went on: “Hearing their voices, I thought, ‘Boy, their lives are gonna change now.’

And I felt badly for them. I didn’t feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high,”

Since then, Pat says he's getting back to normal and returning to studio to tape more shows.

He said: “I’m as good or bad as new, and that’s great. I still have my wits about me.

"They didn’t remove that, so I’ll be selling vowels for a long time.”

Pat also thanked his co-star Vanna White, 62, for filling in as host while he was recovering.

Before this, he hadn't missed a taping in 40-years of hosting the game show.

He said:“What a trooper. And I’m not being condescending in any way ’cause it would’ve been well within her rights to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is not what you’re payin’ me for.

"This is not what I do. And I’d rather not."

He continued: "But she’s a team player. And she was very nervous and not comfortable.”

But now that Pat's reclaimed the wheel, he said he's not going anywhere soon.

He said: "“I’ve gotta do this until — you know — I’m doddering.

“I think I still do it at a high level. But you know, I can’t do it another 40 years, I know that, because I’d be 110, and that would be a record.”

Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running syndicated game show in the country, taping its 7,000th episode last May.