Anne Heche’s family has uncovered that the actress “won’t survive” after her devastating car accident.
The 53-year-old was driving in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles around 11 a.m. on August 5 when her car caught fire.
She pulled the vehicle off the road and collided with a house that caught fire and the car burst into flames, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee said CNN.
That LAFD revealed the actress was rushed to the nearest hospital in critical condition after 59 firefighters spent 65 minutes accessing and dousing the “persistent flames”.
Now her family has announced she is in a coma, suffered a “serious anoxic brain injury” and is on life support.
What is anoxic brain injury?
As explained by Shepherd Centeranoxic brain injury is caused when the brain is fully oxygenated.
This leads to the death of brain cells after about four minutes of lack of oxygen, resulting in severe brain damage.
Other brain injuries are usually caused by direct physical trauma, but anoxic brain injuries occur when the brain lacks oxygen.
In the brain, oxygen is needed to utilize glucose, which is the organ’s main source of energy. Without it, the brain cannot get glucose and becomes damaged.
Anoxic brain injuries can vary in severity and rehabilitation depends on how much irreversible damage has occurred.
Anne Heche’s family released a statement
The actress’ family released a statement CNNreveals her devastating condition.
“Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is in a critically comatose state. She is not expected to survive,” the statement said.
“She has long elected to donate her organs and is being kept alive to determine if any are viable,” her family continued.
“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery, and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who took care of Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.”
They went on to say that Anne had a “big heart” and “touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” before adding:
“More than her extraordinary talent, she made it her life’s work to spread kindness and joy – especially to move the needle, to accept who you love.”
“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be greatly missed for her light,” the statement concluded.
Ellen DeGeneres speaks out
Ellen DeGeneres, who dated Anne for four years from 1997 to 2000, has spoken out about the crash.
The TV presenter was asked by paparazzi had she spoken to the actress since the accident, to which she said, “We’re not in contact with each other, so I don’t know.”
Ellen then added: “Sure. I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” when asked if she wished the 53-year-old well.
“It was a pretty dangerous accident, wasn’t it?” added the paparazzi, and Ellen said, “Sure was.”
The couple met once at Vanity Fair and Anne’s Oscar party in 1997 said Oprah: “I saw Ellen in a crowded room and didn’t know anything except that I was just attracted to her.”
Same-sex relationships were far less common at the time, which is why the actress made headlines when she invited Ellen as her date to the premiere of her film Volcano in 1997.
They became one of the biggest LGBTQ+ couples of the 90’s but unfortunately the relationship was not to last and the relationship ended abruptly in 2000.
Ellen and Anne published a expression in which they said it was “a friendly goodbye,” but the real reason for their sudden split remains a mystery.
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