Anne Heche’s family and friends were hoping for a miracle after her car crash last Friday. But the miracle didn’t happen, and they are making the difficult decision to take her off life support. Anne was pronounced brain dead, and she is being kept on a ventilator until it is determined whether any of her organs can be donated.
“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.”
“Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told Deadline.
“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”
There are plans for Heche to get Honor Walk, which is a way for hospital staff to say goodbye to donor patients as they are wheeled into the operating room.
Heche had been hospitalized since Friday, Aug. 5 after crashing her car into a Mar Vista house and igniting it. (The house’s owner and her pet were able to evacuate.)
Fifty-nine firefighters battled the blaze that engulfed both Heche’s car and the house for 65 minutes until she could be safely pulled out of the wreckage. Reportedly, Heche was able to communicate at the time of her rescue but lost consciousness shortly thereafter and never regained it. She has been in a coma ever since.
On Monday, Aug. 8, Heche’s was described as being in “extreme critical condition.”
“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” a rep for the actor said at the time.
There was a lot of talk about Heche’s condition before the crash. She was filmed driving erratically and speeding in the minutes before the accident happened. Another, minor car accident happened blocks from where she crashed. A blood test was performed after she was taken to the hospital.
“Based on the blood work, it revealed the presence of narcotics,” Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the LAPD told Deadline on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Heche had recently finished filming a Lifetime movie about the dark underworld of human trafficking. On Thursday, Amy Winter, the executive VP and head of programming for Lifetime Networks, spoke about Heche’s accident during a panel for the film at the Television Critics Association virtual press tour. Winter said that the film was still scheduled to premiere in September as planned.
“This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us,” Winter said.” We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking. We hope that this film reached you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us with our mission to stop violence against women.”
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