Gloria Estefan Recalls 'Excruciating' Pain After 1990 Bus Accident: I Felt an 'Explosion'
"I had the taste of electricity in my mouth," she says in the Red Table Talk: The Estefans clip
Gloria Estefan is looking back at her near-death experience with husband Emilio.
In a PEOPLE exclusive clip of Wednesday's episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans titled "Faced Death and Lived to Talk About It," the Latina powerhouse recalls the horrific bus accident that nearly left her immobile.
"We got rear-ended by a fully-loaded 18-wheeler, and there was what felt like an explosion," the 63-year-old says in the clip. "It was huge. And I opened my eyes and I'm on the floor of the bus. And I am looking around and it is mayhem."
"Emilio is over me like wild-eyed, screaming, 'Are you okay?'" she adds as her niece Lili and daughter Emily look in shock. "He's covered in blood, and I go, 'Babe I broke my back.'"
Estefan then says she tried to get back, realizing she had been severely injured.
"I had the taste of electricity in my mouth," she says. "That's the only way I can describe it. The pain was excruciating."
"There was definitely a before and after from that accident. Even though I wouldn't want to go through it again, I learned a lot about just living day-to-day," she said then. "I remember thinking, 'Maybe this is the reason that I've gone through this; maybe I can be an example to people of how to take control of our lives and get past hurdles.'"
"After my accident, I couldn't imagine going from being almost paralyzed to walking again. I made myself short-term goals to accomplish, such as walking an extra two feet, so each day I just went a little further," she added. "Don't think about that daunting thing that seems unattainable — think about what I can do today to be just that much closer to that goal."
Along with talking about the lessons she learned after the accident, Estefan is set to give a performance of "Coming Out of the Dark" alongside her daughter on the new Red Table Talk episode.
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