Following a brain damage sustained in a catastrophic Los Angeles vehicle incident last week, Anne Heche has been formally pronounced brain dead and will be taken off life support.
According to Heche’s desires, the 53-year-old actress will remain on a ventilator to see if any of her remaining organs are still healthy enough to be given. She is in a severe state and in a coma.
According to a statement issued Thursday night on behalf of Heche’s family and friends, the August 5 incident left her with a “serious anoxic brain injury.”
She is currently being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital, north of Los Angeles. Such damage is brought on by a persistent deficiency in oxygen to the brain.
“We want to thank everyone for their warm wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery,” a spokeswoman for her family stated. “We also want to thank the committed staff and amazing nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.”
Sadly, Anne Heche’s accident caused a severe anoxic brain injury, and she is still in a critical state and in a coma. It is unlikely that she will live.
She will continue to receive life support until doctors can determine whether she has any viable organs to offer because, according to them, it had “long been her choice” to be an organ donor.
Anne had a big heart and left an impression on everyone she met with her giving spirit, according to the statement, which was first reported by People.com.
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 remembered for her brave honesty.
The actress, 53, was last seen struggling for her life in the “worst state you can imagine” while still in a coma after slamming into a house last Friday while “high on cocaine.”
According to Heather Duffy Boylston, a representative for Heche, Heche had lung injuries that necessitated ventilator use and burns that necessitated surgery on Tuesday.
Cocaine and fentanyl were discovered in Heche’s system after detectives with a search warrant obtained a sample of her blood, according to LAPD spokesperson Officer Jeff Lee.
Despite being photographed with a vodka bottle in her cupholder, officials said she hadn’t been drinking.
She is in awful shape, a close friend of the actress informed DailyMail.com. Inhaling smoke poses a serious health risk. If she survives this and awakens from her coma, it will be a miracle.
According to her rep, the actress was severely injured after losing control of her automobile, which crashed into a house and started a fire.
To “access, restrict and entirely extinguish the stubborn flames” brought on by Heche’s crash, it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes.
According to a source who asked to remain anonymous, “She will be in a coma for a very long time and there are fears she could die because her lungs don’t work on their own.”
Firefighters were shown rescuing Heche from the awful sight while wrapping her in a white towel to ostensibly stop infections from spreading to her serious burns. As they placed Heche into the ambulance, they ripped the towels off of her.
Due to Lynne Mishele’s injuries and reports that the actress was under the influence of cocaine, insiders tell TMZ that LAPD is investigating the horrible accident as a possible felony.
The extent of Mishele’s wounds is not yet known.
According to her representative, Heche “has a major lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical attention.” She has not awakened since immediately after the accident and is currently in a coma.
According to Showbiz411, Heche is receiving care at the Grossman Burn Unit, which was established by Dr. Peter Grossman’s father.
Two brothers, ages 11 and 8, were killed while crossing the street with their parents at a designated crosswalk, according to accusations made against his wife Rebecca Grossman. She entered a not-guilty plea.
Earlier on Monday, newly released video showed the moments leading up to the collision where Heche nearly ran over a woman.
She was seen rushing through an alleyway in the city’s Mar Vista neighborhood while a pedestrian was seen crossing the street.
Just before 11 a.m. on Friday, the unidentified woman spun around in shock as the blue Mini Clubman sped past.
Heche, who was intubated with terrible burns following the harrowing disaster, is going to be looked into for the 90 mph collision, according to police insiders.
She was seen in a witness’s before-crash photo driving a blue Mini Clubman while holding a bottle with a red top, looking glassy-eyed.
Meanwhile, fresh pictures revealed the horrified homeowner’s reaction as she witnessed her “entire lifetime of possessions” burn to the ground during the horrific incident on Friday morning.
Lynne Mishele was seen watching in shock as the actress tore through her life’s work at breakneck speed, causing it to explode in a blaze.
59 firefighters battled the sizable fire, which took more than an hour to put out, as she stood outside on the sidewalk with her hands in her pockets and an expression of shock on her face.
Heche’s Mini initially overturned on a garage block, then she sped off, crashed into a hedge, and finally ended up completely buried in Mishele’s house on 1766 South Walgrove Avenue.
Prior to the deadly collision at Mishele’s residence, footage also captures Heche’s blue Mini Clubman barreling down a tiny alleyway at breakneck speed.
Despite a woman being observed crossing the exit onto the main road, she did not instantly apply the brakes; the actress only did so just in time.
The stumbling pedestrian turns around to look at the automobile as it speeds off into the distance, bringing the five-second movie to a close.
According to the insiders, they obtained a warrant to sample her blood since they thought she was drunk, but it might take weeks for the findings.
According to them, the actress could be charged with hit-and-run for the garage accident in which she fled the scene despite being seen on camera by astonished bystanders.
Before the accident, a slurring Heche made light of drinking vodka with wine chasers on a podcast, saying she was having a “really awful day” at the time.
Just hours before she slammed her car into the house, her co-hosted show Better Together aired. Refined, a vodka distillery that sponsored one of her shows, allegedly handed her and her co-host Heather Duffy free alcohol.
We each have a bottle of Refined in front of us because our friends sent us a bottle of it. I believe we once made a poor commercial for them back in the day.
Duffy says, “Dr. Rahm suggested that we should be drinking vodka instead of wine, and we listened, and we are drinking it.” Heche responds, “And we are drinking it.”
After Duffy says they are using wine to find the vodka, Heche says, “Today has been a very unique day.”
“I don’t know what happened, sometimes days just suck, and I don’t know if you ever had those no good, very horrible days, and sometimes days just wind up like this,” the speaker said.
She continues, “I don’t know whether you ever have days like this, but you know certain days, Mama says just going to be like this.” There are certain days that are absolutely terrible.
“I don’t know why certain days just end up like this, and things don’t really rock me like that,” the speaker continued.
Later, she admitted that she had a difficult week and described how individuals had disturbed her when she was meditating in her apartment.
It’s still unknown whether the podcast was actually recorded on Friday or if that was merely the day it went live.
Despite the claimed drinking on the podcast, Anne Heche didn’t have any alcohol in her system when she crashed the car, claims TMZ.