After a fiery car crash on Friday, Aug. 5, Anne Heche, who has been hospitalized since, is not expected to survive her injuries.
A representative for Heche's family said, "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."
"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," the rep added.
Heche crashed her car into a home in Mar Vista and caused the house to become engulfed in flames. It took 65 minutes to rescue her from her vehicle, and while she was able to speak after the accident, she lost consciousness not long after. She hasn't regained consciousness since.
A rep said, "She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention." Heche was in "extreme critical condition" as of Monday the 8th.
The actress was driving erratically before her crash, and test results revealed that Heche tested positive for narcotics.
Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the LAPD said, "Based on the blood work, it revealed the presence of narcotics."
Heche was working on a Lifetime film at the time of the crash titled " Girl In Room 13", which focuses on the $150-billion-dollar human trafficking industry. It was a project that the actress was passionate about.
Amy Winter, executive VP and head of programming for Lifetime Networks, said, "This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. 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."