Barbara Walters, a pioneering figure in the broadcasting industry, enjoyed a lengthy career that spanned several decades.
However, as her health declined, Walters decided to retire from the job she loved. She spent her final days grappling with confusion, forgetfulness, and fear due to dementia.
Barbara Walters was a prominent figure in the journalism and television broadcasting industry. With a career that spanned decades, she left an indelible mark in media, especially as a woman in the field. However, Walters retired from her successful career to prioritize her health in 2014. In March 2013, Walters experienced several health issues, including a bout with chicken pox and an accidental fall. She was on duty covering President Obama’s second inauguration when she lost her balance, fell down the stairs, and injured herself.
Three years earlier, she underwent open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement and was in the hospital recovering for ten days. According to her doctor, Walters’ case was complex as she was anemic.
Following her surgery, Walters regained her strength and rested for two and a half months. When she returned to her post on “The View,” she realized it was time to walk away from her broadcast career. As a trailblazer for women in media, ABC Network was scared of losing Walters.