Bethenny Frankel Vows to Wear Medical ID Bracelet, Donate EpiPens After Near-Fatal Allergic Reaction

Bethenny Frankel attends the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 08, 2018 in New York City.  Roy Rochlin/2018 Getty Images

Bethenny Frankel is switching things up. Days after nearly dying from a severe allergic reaction to fish, the Real Housewives of New York City star has vowed to do everything she can to ensure her allergy will never slow her down again.

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The Skinnygirl creator took to Twitter to inform fans of the necessary changes she’s making. When a follower suggested she start wearing a medical ID bracelet stating her life-threatening allergy, Frankel, 48, replied: “Ok I will.”

Frankel’s health scare began on Sunday, December 16, when she ate some soup that, unbeknownst to her, contained fish and triggered an allergic reaction. “I have [a] rare fish allergy,” she tweeted after the harrowing incident, which occurred in Massachusetts. “Sun, I had soup, itched & was unconscious for 15 mins then [taken] to ER & ICU for 2 days w BP of 60/40.”

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The B Strong founder, who credited boyfriend Paul Bernon with saving her life, later added, “I couldn’t talk, see, thought I had a stroke & [was] dying & told if 5 mins later I’d be dead. 911 & EPI saved me. I’ll never not carry an #epipen.”

Given the crucial role an EpiPen played in her own health scare, Frankel also revealed she plans to donate the life-saving devices, which treat severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions in an emergency situation, to those in need. That revelation came after a Twitter follower praised the reality star for her charitable endeavors, writing, “You are always so generous and know the importance of pipes maybe you can donate some to schools and children organizations. If you don’t have insurance they cost between $300-600.”

Frankel responded: “I am all over this. I’ve heard about it and this will be a mission of mine.”

The savvy businesswoman was also able to secure mattress, pillow and linen donations from from Wayfair and Leesa for the hospital that treated her, which she referred to as “the best hospital I have ever been to.”

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“Thanks so much. We can all work together,” she tweeted in response to the companies’ collective agreement to help. “I appreciate it very much.”

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 11 will likely premiere in April 2019.

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