Matthew Broderick's Sister Janet Opens Up About Being 'Close to Death' During Coronavirus Battle

“I must have had 200 people praying for me that night,” she said. “I know many people would be very angry to hear that, because you can pray for somebody and they would die. That’s absolutely true. Whatever was going to happen was going to happen. But I do know that I had an incredible amount of prayer from so many people.”

Matthew, 57, said in a previous statement on March 14 that the “entire family is grateful for the concern about, and the well wishes for, my sister Janet. I’m happy to say she is feeling much better and is on the road to a full recovery.”

The actor added, “we are all very appreciative for the wonderful care she received from the amazing doctors and nurses at Cedars-Sinai.”

As of Thursday, there are at least 243,729 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 6,164 deaths related to the virus.

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