Anne Heche has not emerged from her coma and has severe lung damage following a fiery car crash last week, it has been confirmed.
The American actress, 53, was rushed to hospital after a car sped through residential streets and smashed into a two-storey home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, California on Friday, before bursting into flames.
Heche, who was reportedly owns a blue Mini Cooper, was tended to at the scene by paramedics before being stretchered into an ambulance and taken to hospital.
It was previously reported that the actress, best known for roles in soap opera Another World and the films Donnie Brasco and Volcano, was intubated, which is when a person has a tube fitted through their nose or mouth.
Reports also claimed that Heche was stable following the incident, but her representative has now shared an update on her condition.
‘Previous reports stating that Anne Heche was stable were inaccurate,’ a spokesperson told PA.
‘Shortly after the accident, Anne became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition.
‘She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.’
It appears the blue Mini Cooper was involved in an earlier crash before the second which landed her in hospital.
Footage obtained by TMZ appeared to show the vehicle crashing into garages of an apartment complex a short while before, with residents ordering the driver out of the vehicle. It is then seen reversing before speeding off away from the garages.
It was reported that the crash caused a large fire inside the property impacted by the second incident, and required 59 firefighters to tackle the blaze, described as ‘stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure’.
The homeowner was unharmed but the property is now ‘uninhabitable’ following the fire damage.
A neighbour told NBCLA: ‘The house was tons of smoke. I think they used the crane to move the car. It was crazy.
Following the incident, neighbours of the woman who lost her home – Lynne Mishele – have launched a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of replacing her belongings destroyed in the fire.
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