The injuries Anne Heche experienced in the vehicle accident on Friday might prevent her from recovering.
In a statement to ET on Thursday, the actress’s rep wrote on behalf of her family, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition.
She is not expected to live, the representative continued.
She had long made the decision to donate her organs, and according to the statement, she is being maintained on life support while tests are done to see if any of them are viable.
“Anne had a big heart and her kind nature made an impression on everyone she encountered. Beyond her great talent, she considered it her life’s purpose to inspire kindness and joy, especially by promoting acceptance of who you love. She will be missed much for her light and will be remembered for her brave honesty.
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Honor Walk, a hero’s farewell given by medical workers to donor patients as they are brought into the surgery room on their last journey, is planned for Heche.
Heche had been in the hospital since Friday, Aug. 5, when she ploughed her car into a Mar Vista home and set it on fire. (The owner of the home and her pet were able to leave.)
Heche had been trapped in the burning house and automobile for 65 minutes as 59 firefighters battled the blaze. Heche was apparently able to converse when she was saved, but she quickly fell unconscious and never woke up again. Since then, she has been in a coma.
The statement read, “We want to thank everyone for their warm thoughts and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the committed staff and great nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.
She will be cherished for her light and remembered for her brave honesty.
Heche gained notoriety in the soap opera “Another World,” where she portrayed twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991. For her work on the programme, she won a Daytime Emmy Award.
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Following this triumph, Heche starred alongside Harrison Ford in a number of movies, including “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Six Days Seven Nights.”
Heche has made guest appearances in more recent episodes of “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago P.D.”
Following the accident, the Hollywood industry showed the actress an outpouring of sympathy. Her old love interest “Her son-sharing co-star James Tupper from “Men in Trees” said on Instagram: “Thoughts and prayers for this great woman, actor, and mother tonight Anne Heche. We adore you.”
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