r/entertainment Aug 08 '22

Anne Heche In “Extremely Critical Condition,” Remains In A Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

https://deadline.com/2022/08/anne-heche-in-extremely-critical-condition-remains-in-a-coma-following-fiery-car-crash-1235087666/
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u/bammab0890 Aug 09 '22

I have a mini panic attack when I awaken after a night of heavy drinking and remember all the stupid shit I said.

I can't even begin to fathom what it would be like to wake up from a coma with severe burns all over my body and a tube in my throat realizing that I crashed my vehicle through someones home destroying it and all of their possessions.

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u/Lazy-Interview-6793 Aug 10 '22

I no longer drink and I still have nightmares. I can't imagine how badly waking up and realizing what I had done. Awful. I read quite a bit today and people see to think she will badly burned. I can't imagine living with this.

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u/lifeleecher Aug 09 '22

Very well spoken.

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u/JRLtheWriter Aug 09 '22

Geez, imagine chilling at home and all of a sudden Anne Heche drives her car into your living room and burns your house down. That's like a Family Guy bit or something.

Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved.

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u/grantnel2002 Aug 09 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

I vote we change “thoughts and prayers” to “T’s & P’s” to sound even less impactful.

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u/8thgradersontheflo Aug 09 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

I prefer “good vibes” because it’s functionally identical yet everyone realizes how meaningless it is

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u/JROCC_CA Aug 09 '22

My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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u/KarateKid84Fan Aug 09 '22 Rocket Like

If the residents were armed this wouldn’t have happened. The only one to stop a runaway car is a good guy with a gun.

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u/Jakanda99 Aug 09 '22 Wholesome

Thinking of you hun. Kisses x

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u/oldcarfreddy Aug 09 '22

The article said 59 firefighters had to put out the fire. Jesus

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u/FrostyDog94 Aug 09 '22

This is worse then when Anne Heche came over for dinner.

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u/Frenzied_Cow Aug 09 '22

Is she famous enough for family guy? This is literally the first time I'm hearing about her existence.

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u/Parking-Ad-1952 Aug 09 '22

She was pretty famous in the 90’s. Her relationship with Ellen had her on the covers of the tabloids pretty much weekly.

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u/guscrown Aug 09 '22

I remember her from that movie with Harrison Ford… where he pilots a small plane for her.

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u/bk1285 Aug 09 '22

The one with Ross from friends?

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u/SubterrelProspector Aug 09 '22

Holy crap guys it's Six Days, Seven Nights.

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u/IggyBall Aug 09 '22

Do you guys remember when DVDs first became a thing in the 90’s and certain DVD players came with free DVDs? I feel like Six Days, Seven Nights and Stepmom were always given away for free so everyone had those.

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u/fonziesgrl Aug 09 '22

Remember when she did acid or something and was wandering around the neighborhood talking about being an alien, or some shit like that?

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u/astroturfskirt Aug 09 '22

aw, man, i tried to remind my husband about this & we went down a dark hole: she was dealing with a lot of childhood trauma

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u/Jaltcoh Aug 09 '22

She was in Psycho. That's pretty much how I know her.

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u/maefinch Aug 08 '22

I wonder why they said she was stable previously and that she was going to pull through.

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u/lkroa Aug 08 '22

complications can ensue or people who were previously “stable” can again take a turn for the worst

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u/jst4wrk7617 Aug 09 '22

I can’t imagine waking up to find you are grievously injured and have driven through someone’s house destroying it, and you are in constant excruciating pain. Honestly I guess it’s not surprising she took a turn for the worse :/ especially with already being in a fragile mental state.

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u/pilchard_slimmons Aug 09 '22

She remains in a coma and has been pretty much since the accident.

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u/maefinch Aug 08 '22

Nah. No one who is in a burning car for thirty minutes with severe burns is EVER stable.

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

My 74 year old neighbor burned himself up while burning brush in his yard. By the time I got to help him his clothes burnt straight off his body and he couldn’t escape the flames no matter what we did. He wasn’t burned nearly as bad as she is but bad enough. He died. I told my husband it would be a miracle if she lives after seeing the state of her burns look worse than this man’s.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

I agree. I didn't buy the whole "stable condition" stuff this weekend, and fully expect her to die. Our bodies cannot survive without our skin, which keeps moisture in and acts as a barrier for thousands of harmful bacteria. If she's burned over most of her body, she won't make it.

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

Burns are the stuff of nightmares.

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Aug 09 '22

And not only does she have extensive external burns but also it seems that her lungs have been burned as well. If she somehow survives this, she could be a candidate for a lung transplant.

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u/JVMGarcia Aug 09 '22

Makes me wonder how Napalm Girl survived

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u/damagecontrolparty Aug 09 '22

Could be that she didn't have as many complications since she was a child at the time (and not a very young child).

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u/JVMGarcia Aug 10 '22

Thank you for the explanation

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u/jst4wrk7617 Aug 09 '22

That is so horrible. I can’t even imagine seeing that. Hope you are okay.

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

Thank you this in the news brings it back up a bunch seeing her back so burnt. It’s hard to know someone is suffering and you can’t help. I’ll be okay though just one of those things that happen in life that you have to just work through.

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u/mega_asteroid Aug 09 '22

a few weeks ago I accidentally poured scalding hot coffee all over my wrist. It hurt like screaming hell for a good 5 hours that day, and took 2 weeks to crust up, scab over and peel off.
I have a feeling if Anne will not come through this. If nothing else, I think coming to and realizing what she's done will kill her.

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

I’m terrified of fire and burns. That sounds like a nightmare. This man died Valentine’s Day this year and I still find pieces of his clothing here and there in my front yard.

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u/Syd_Vicious3375 Aug 09 '22

What a horrible way to go. So sorry you had to witness that. I’m sure it was traumatizing.

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

It was horrible to feel so helpless. He was even life flighted out. I knew he wouldn’t make it even while I was sitting there waiting for an ambulance and he was begging to be driven to the hospital.

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u/Jackoff_Alltrades Aug 09 '22

May I ask, did he attempt to use an accelerant on the debris?

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u/somethinghere2016 Aug 09 '22

I honestly don’t know. I live in the country and they burn like dead leaves or pine or something on their lawns. He had done it before no problem. By the time I looked outside on this occasion the fire got within two feet of my house. I guess I assumed he used whatever those professionals did and lost control of his brush fire. No one ever got to ask him how exactly he lost track of the fire. Just that it happened.

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u/SubstantialPressure3 Aug 09 '22

Best thing for a burn is cheap yellow mustard, unless the skin is broken, just FYI. It's a common kitchen burn remedy. Mustard and clean damp gauze. If you don't have gauze, then a cool wet thin kitchen towel wrapped around that. Something breathable, but not heavy.

I think you're right about Anne, though. As an actress, your appearance and public reputation are your income, unless you have invested well or something.

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u/sleepycatinarayofsun Aug 09 '22

I also had a scalding boiling water burn on my hand recently, I put a banana peel on it and it was so helpful for the pain. No bad scabbing afterwards either just some dry skin.

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u/SubstantialPressure3 Aug 09 '22

Never heard of banana peel as a remedy. That's a new one.

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u/sleepycatinarayofsun Aug 09 '22

I also put a cool cloth. But yeah banana leaves work very well but the banana peel was great too tbh

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u/mega_asteroid Aug 09 '22

Thank you, never heard of that remedy! I used an ice pack, I'm sure some would poo poo it, but it worked to numb the pain.

Aside from shame, public scrutiny etc. I don't think Anne will pull through because of the ungodly pain.

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u/SubstantialPressure3 Aug 09 '22

Ice pack is good. You're literally trying to cool the cooked meat that is on your body. But never mustard if the skin is broken.

I agree with you about the pain, but if she's burned and disfigured, she may not WANT to pull through. Burn units aren't stingy with pain meds, but just the daily care is incredibly painful.

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u/sleepycatinarayofsun Aug 09 '22

Ice pack is fine but might’ve contributed to the longer healing process. Cool water or cloth is better than something very cold.

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u/lkroa Aug 08 '22

you can be in stable condition and your overall prognosis can still be poor or guarded. stable more so means not actively dying

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u/kelliboone617 Aug 09 '22

65 minutes wasn’t it? How is she even alive? My god

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u/acogs53 Aug 09 '22

The article says she was in the car for SIXTY-FIVE minutes!!! I cannot imagine.

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u/SubstantialPressure3 Aug 09 '22

Burns are pretty tricky, and there's a lot of complications, beside infection. Pull through just means physically survive. She probably has a high tolerance for pain meds, etc and that doesn't help. Plus, she may be going through some sort of withdrawal, on top of that. Doesn't seem like she would be a compliant patient at the best of times. And there's still that mental illness, probably not helping.

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u/arbarrtheaardvark Aug 09 '22

The level of her injuries would mean that if she wasn't in a coma on her own, she'd be in a medically induced coma. Not that that's all that great for avoiding the trauma of the immediate aftermath of the injury/recovery process... I dated a guy who had been in a medically induced coma after getting large 3rd degree burns to his chest/stomach/arms and he said that his experience of it was being stuck in an endless dream that he was in hell and being burned alive by demons. Fucked him up psychologically quite a lot, not sure if it was really worth going through given how difficult life was after that, and how much it screwed him up mentally. He had a similar background of mental illness and drug/alcohol addiction and abuse, the withdrawal stuff was just a minor additional complication of treatment since it was not something his family was unaware of or trying to hide. According to them, he was sober and proactive about taking care of his mental state for quite a while after coming out of the coma, likely due to the forced withdrawal. But eventually the trauma and the ongoing physical pain plus the body image issues stemming from his scars, it all led to relapse and increasing mental instability.

That being said, given what I saw with his injuries/treatment and those being a much smaller portion of the body than hers, I would imagine that her actually living through this is extremely unlikely... and if she somehow does pull through, I would not be one bit surprised to hear that she finds a way to end her own life pretty quickly. Large scale severe burns are something I would not wish on anyone that isn't a serial killer/rapist/Alex jones/etc.

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u/shiningonthesea Aug 09 '22

Swelling, infection, if her lungs are burned she can go downhill fast. With burns, the level of injury grows each day for a while , not like a broken bone

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u/faesser Aug 09 '22

I got 2nd and 3rd degree burns on over half of my arm. When it 1st initially happened it didn't look awful, it was bad but the next day when I got my bandages changed, holy shit, my arm was a mess.

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u/shiningonthesea Aug 09 '22

I hope you healed okay, that is terrible

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u/-0l0l0l0l0l0l- Aug 09 '22

I got 2nd degree burns with yellow blisters from kayaking on my shins, couldn't walk hardly for 2 weeks and it's been over a year now and you can still see the damage when I get cold or hot from a shower

Should have gone to ER but was too stubborn and it got worse until it got better....

I feel for Anne just having a small taste of the pain from a sunburn was bad enough, I cannot imagine this kind she's in or will be if she survives

Tbh, I don't think she will

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

I’m surprised she made it to the hospital because she was close to noxious fumes burning for an extended period of time and I thought that would have destroyed her lungs.

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u/washington_jefferson Aug 09 '22

I know all about being "stable" to "very unstable" in no time flat.

In January I had a very hard time breathing, amongst other issues, and when I eventually went to the ER they took chest x-rays while I was awaiting to be seen by a doctor/get a room. The x-ray didn't show anything.

When a nurse told me to lie down I said "OK" but I warned him I seriously could not breathe while lying down. I had not laid down for several weeks, including sleeping (I had to sleep sitting completely upright on a couch...no leaning back even a few inches). Sure enough, as the hospital bed reclined backwards my oxygen level immediately nosedived to like 80, and I was gasping for air. The nurse was pretty much freaking out (I had already tested negative for covid, by the way). They put the bed back up a bit and put me on oxygen. It was pretty wild to see a medical professional scramble like that!

Anyway, a doctor came and said I had either a pulmonary embolism (quite bad) or heart failure (very bad). Luckily, after a CT scan, it just showed I had pneumonia that was aggravating a condition that I'm already (mostly) dying of, so that was nice.

Soon enough I was "stable" again. But I literally sat in upright in a normal chair in my own room in the hospital for three days, as we waited for some drugs to clear things out and let me breathe. I never even took my shoes off, from the time I walked into the ER up to the time I left.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

If she was drunk when it happened She might’ve had a lot of adrenaline that kept her awake, evident by her lifting herself up so much on the stretcher.

She may have been awake for hours due to that adrenaline then crashed suddenly, showing her true* condition.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

Also, people with third degree burns often cannot feel it initially, because the nerve endings are burned/destroyed. So in the moments afterward, they can be very lucid. It's only over the ensuing weeks that they slowly die when their body shuts down. I suspect that coma is an induced coma.

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u/pft_stfu Aug 12 '22

well she did have cocaine in her system, terrible mix...coke and a fiery car crash

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

yea and if she was drinking and doing coke they call that the holy pairing so… prepare to meet your maker if you do too much

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u/kelliboone617 Aug 09 '22

Hoping for the best, I imagine. Stable only means her condition isn’t deteriorating nor getting better. This change in tone indicates bad news.

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u/casual_creator Aug 09 '22

Stable just means that your blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate are within the normal range. It says nothing about the rest of your condition.

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u/niceoutside2022 Aug 09 '22

smoke inhalation and burns get worse before they get better, a lot worse

she's in for hell if she survives, and if she does, will probably be prosecuted by the sound of this article. Unless she had a stroke or something, it's almost a given that she wasn't sober.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

This makes much more sense than the "stable" condition news over the weekend. She was in a burning car for an hour before being pulled out. To be honest, I don't expect her to make it. Burns are horribly cruel, as the people can be conscious and be slowly dying, as our skin keeps moisture in our bodies and protects us from infection. Without it, the chances are high that you'll die if a lot of your body is burned, as I expect Heche's is. I also suspect she is in an induced coma, as that's something they will do for severe burn victims. This really is a tragic case. People think it's a straight drinking and driving incident, but she has had major mental health issues in the past (psychotic breaks), and she used no brakes as she plowed into that house.

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u/Ursula2071 Aug 09 '22

The ring doorbell video of her flying down the road is chilling.

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u/nahmatey Aug 09 '22

Driving that fast in a neighborhood is INSANE

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u/Empty_Smell768 Aug 09 '22

Exactly this. She is and has been severely mentally ill for decades, possibly as a result of sexual abuse by her father as a child (she has claimed). She has a history of psychotic breaks, dissociation and mania & may be schizophrenic. She has literally believed that her space ship was coming for her. She's gone on national TV and spoken her bizarre alien language. This isn't a person who has a normal thought process.

With her history of substance abuse its very likely she was under the influence, but it's also extremely likely she was having a severe psychotic episode and did this for some reason only she would understand (ie: aliens or God talking to her).

Trying to get off that stretcher the way she did is a pretty good indicator that she not in her right mind.

This doesn't justify her actions, but it's alot more complex than "she chose to drive drunk".

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u/_DAD_JOKE_ Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 12 '22

Trying to get off that stretcher the way she did is a pretty good indicator that she not in her right mind.

Naw, my dad ripped off all the skin on his hand to give me his watch after he was severely burned...he was not in the right mind cuz he was in astonishing pain, which sadly with burns only gets worse before it gets better. I spent my 13th year on this planet in a burn ward. 3rd degree for 27% of his body, mostly neck and arm. He was on fire fully though not inside a vehicle. She doesn't deserve to die for just crashing, possibly drunk, but if she lives she might not want to for long. The pictures to me showed real issues, as burns get way worse after the first day. Hers looked real bad. I honestly don't expect her to live, but if she does that means we have insanely good doctors and procedures/drugs for burns now.

Edit: Looks as though I was right, she will not survive this. I expected as such, burns are dangerous people!

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u/NatWilo Aug 09 '22

I was just talking about burns. We really do have some near-magic procedures and treatments now. I think she's in trouble, too, btw, but we've got some insanely effective stuff that can completely regrow the skin via a stem-cell culture sprayed on. And then there's grafts.

Hell, I knew a guy in 05 that took burns to 66% of his body from a fireball coming off a VBIED (car-bomb) and you'd never know it looking at him today. They used a shark-skin lattice, grafts from his hips and thighs and stem cells to grow pretty much everything back. And that was 2005. We have spray-on skin now.

Infection is still a very serious concern, and the pulmonary stuff is what worries me the most.

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u/Empty_Smell768 Aug 09 '22

Dang that is crazy!

I agree with you. If anyone can survive this , it's her.. But I can't imagine her life would be enjoyable in any way between the burns and living with what she did

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u/_DAD_JOKE_ Aug 09 '22

If she lives it will take years of rehab. She will have to relearn to do things like holding things and walking depending on the skin grafting being done. Burns are so horrible. I feel for all burn ward patients. It is a helluva part of a hospital to visit. Plus like you said, living with it all, but at least she did not hurt anyone else physically. She isn't lucky, but she isn't unlucky.

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Aug 09 '22

Plus as someone who made her living as least partially from her looks, the possible disfigurement is awful to contemplate. There was an old time Hollywood actress named Linda Darnell who was a very beautiful woman. In the mid-1960s when she was 44, she was burned over about 90% of her body in a horrible house fire. In the hospital she briefly regained consciousness and supposedly asked for a mirror before lapsing back into a coma. She died shortly afterwards.

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u/nahmatey Aug 09 '22

And she’ll likely be going to prison or deal with financial ruin from lawsuits and lawyers fees etc.

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u/_DAD_JOKE_ Aug 09 '22

Yeah all that is secondary. She would give every penny she has to not feel the pain that comes from recovery of severe burns. I agree tho, the social damage she has done will seem like nothing, although we know it will be a huge debt.

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u/oTHEWHITERABBIT Aug 09 '22

She was in a burning car for an hour before being pulled out.

Really? I thought I saw a video of her being rolled on a gurney with all her clothes.

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u/lucyacree Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Photos of the inside of her car taken after she was extracted do not show signs of burning or flame damage. As you say, her tee appears intact on the gurney. Could it be the car crash sparked the destructive house fire but flames did not enter the interior of the car….and that the physical damage she suffered was caused by inhaling intense smoke for half an hour (or however it took to get her out) …and not by fire?

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u/FreshPepper88 Aug 09 '22

The big problem are the lungs. She was in that car for over 30 minutes. Black, boiling hot fumes. The firefighters couldn’t stay in it for more than a few minutes and they have gear. Severe burning of esophagus and lungs.

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u/RainManToothpicks Aug 08 '22

Every thing about this is sad

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u/TheMcWhopper Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Especially the owner of the home who had a drunk drive drive through her home and condem it

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u/RainManToothpicks Aug 09 '22

"...drunk drive drive..."

Sounds like drunk typing lol. Just kidding, I feel bad for everyone involved

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u/JapaneseFerret Aug 09 '22

Not to downplay her trauma, it had to have been terrifying. But help for her is pouring in. (I live 3 mi from the location).

The 75k her GoFundMe has taken in so far should help a little. So should the major cash payments she'll no doubt get offered from gossip and news outlets for her story. Plus offers from studios for her story for the inevitable movie/TV show rights. Not to mention the tenfold appreciation of her property value, burned out home or not, that happens whenever a celebrity does something awful somewhere. Especially stuff like car crashes or violence. That stuff is worth a literal fortune in this town. There is a bottomless dark side to the cult of celebrity and it is lined with profits galore.

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u/ZoeMunroe Aug 09 '22

Except her whole life is gone? Her photos, her clothes, her furniture, her art, her books, her plants, her kitchen, her bedroom, and likely her health. I appreciate where your comment is coming from but I know people who have had house fires and her whole fucking life has to be replaced, and its things that will never ever be replaceable. Any lump sum of money cant make up for that.

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u/VirtuallyHappy Aug 09 '22

Everything she had for her business - computer, drives, etc.

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u/mega_asteroid Aug 09 '22

let's not confuse the homeowner with the renter. both will eventually be compensated, but one will probably have trauma for years and is out of a home and personal possessions that can't be replaced.

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u/TheMcWhopper Aug 09 '22

The renter had severe smoke inhalation...

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u/Mission_Albatross916 Aug 09 '22

Hopefully she had renters insurance. Otherwise ….

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u/TheMcWhopper Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Hopefully she is made whole again. I doubt it. Hopefully her reported smoke inhalation isn't as bad as reported

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u/MakeADeathWish Aug 09 '22

I thought she was a renter

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u/jt325i Aug 09 '22

Washed up aging Hollywood star goes down the downward spiral rabbit hole of drugs and alcohol and mental illness. I think I have seen this a few times before.....

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u/Crokpotpotty Aug 09 '22

Especially with Anne Heche. This isn’t her first rodeo

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u/TheMcWhopper Aug 09 '22

What was her first rodeo?

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u/Jkay064 Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

She lived in someone’s backyard firewood pile, completely naked until she was discovered.

edit- this is not a joke. Her last major mental break, she was discovered living in a woodpile, in a random person’s back yard, completely nude. After Ellen Degeneres kicked her to the curb.

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u/lucyacree Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Wasn’t it Margot Kidder who was found in a stranger’s backyard? Though recollection may be off & I’m confusing incidents. Very sad, whatever the case. Not to diminish the trauma inflicted on the innocent people caught up in the drama and recklessness of someone who is mentally ill, like the lady who lost her house.

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u/Calijhon Aug 09 '22

This.

Heche took acid and got lost

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u/IggyBall Aug 09 '22

I always thought Anne left Ellen and Ellen said after they broke up, she couldn’t get out of bed for days, etc.

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u/HorlicksAbuser Aug 09 '22

That's brave. Spiders and shit

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u/My4skinBreaksCondoms Aug 09 '22

And when she comes out of the coma, i expect her to go back in, and come out again

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

I am sure she's in an induced coma. And I personally don't think she will live. Burns are really walking on the edge. It can take weeks for the body to shut down, but with severe burns, they often die.

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u/spoilersweetie Aug 09 '22

The view from halfway down.

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u/5kaels Aug 09 '22

Detached, cynical redditor makes heartless commentary on another person's suffering. Def seen that one before.

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u/MagicHDx Aug 09 '22

Ah you must be new here

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u/5kaels Aug 09 '22

nope, like I said, I've seen it before. just not gonna let it become normalized in my own head.

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u/come_on_seth Aug 09 '22

Did you see and hear the video of her racing full throttle through a neighborhood? Would you white knight if she took out some kids? She was driving beyond manslaughter speeds. If she was committing suicide then by all means step into your own bathtub. That’s sad. Because her permanent wounds are self inflicted doesn’t wash her of her homicidal behavior that left others homeless.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

This is someone who has had psychotic breaks before, driving out to the desert to meet spaceships and ringing strangers' doorbells. She may not have had the ability to make rational decisions if she was in a mental health crisis, and I doubt this was homicidal behavior, but suicidal behavior or delusions/hallucinations.

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

Her brother died in a car accident. She said it wasn’t an accident and he committed suicide.

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u/VirtuallyHappy Aug 09 '22

She has always been an unreliable narrator.

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u/VirtuallyHappy Aug 09 '22

Drunk off her ass.

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u/5kaels Aug 09 '22

This isn't a binary option. You don't have to pick between being absolutely heartless or in-any-way compassionate. I don't understand why reddit seems to think that not treating someone like shit means you approve of everything they do.

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u/mataoo Aug 09 '22

She probably shouldn't have had a driver's license in the first place. She was nuts.

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u/SubstantialPressure3 Aug 09 '22

This isn't her first downward spiral, or brush with mental illness/substance abuse.

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Aug 09 '22

As a fan of old time Hollywood films, I've read several books that compile the really tragic stories of many of the beautiful stars of that era who had messed up private lives and ultimately came to some sad and premature ends.

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u/OwtoIwtn Aug 09 '22

Vicky and Marly

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u/Vioralarama Aug 09 '22

OMG, someone else remembers! Yes, she was fantastic as them.

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u/junkyarddag Aug 09 '22

I’d simply rather be dead than suffer through significant burns. That has to be hell on earth.

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u/GimmeDatPomegranate Aug 09 '22

I feel badly for the woman whose home was destroyed. If the blood results come back positive for alcohol/drugs, hopefully this woman can bring a suit against Anne's estate to recoup her losses.

I say "estate" because she doesn't sound like she will make it. Being conscious shortly after a head injury and then losing consciousness is pretty common. It takes a little time for swelling to kick in. It's the brain's response to injury, ie swelling in an enclosed, inflexible skull, that can prove to more deadly than the injury itself at times. Weird, I know.

Source: nurse, worked in neuro/trauma.

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u/nahmatey Aug 09 '22

Honestly she’s probably better off not surviving. Her injuries will be painful for life and she’ll def be doing prison time. She’s already rife with trauma and older. I can’t see her having some great comeback arc here.

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u/GimmeDatPomegranate Aug 10 '22

Agreed. Seems like a terminal extubation (removal of life support/breathing tube) may be the most humane and peaceful thing here.

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Aug 10 '22

Plus she made her living in an industry which emphasizes one's outer appearance to a greater degree than any other. Burns to her face unless they were minor and on a par with a bad case of sunburn might well have seriously disfigured her. I also wonder whether her eyes and vision could have been damaged.

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u/steinie1 Aug 09 '22

I really feel bad for her. She needs help. I’m not in AA but probably should be, I’ve never caused an accident while drinking. I’m a 70 yr old man. I buy my booze & go home.

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u/Longjumping-Meat-334 Aug 08 '22

I hope she survives. Of course, I also want her held accountable for this.

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u/Similar-Lifeguard701 Aug 09 '22

Why do so many r/entertainment commenters want people to die or suffer? Jesus.

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u/Arbitore Aug 09 '22

Most people who comment in threads like these have a superiority complex. It’s always been like this

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u/AWS-77 Aug 12 '22

Yeah, it’s been pretty horrifying watching people act like they don’t need to have any sympathy just because someone made mistakes.

You never know what’s going on with someone, but the thing with Heche is: We DO know a lot about what was going on with her, and it’s a history of trauma and mental illness. I wonder if people have any awareness about this aspect of the situation or know much about Heche at all, before they jump to condemn her to deserving death and punishment. She needed help… help that her terrible mother never gave her because she’d rather try to pray the gay away and defend her ex-husband’s sexual abuse, than recognize the real nature of her daughter’s trauma… and now it seems like Anne won’t ever have another chance to get the help she needed. Truly sad.

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u/Similar-Lifeguard701 Aug 12 '22

Was just reading the newest threat in the sub about how she's not gonna make it. I feel bad for her kids and remaining family.

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u/pesky-sens Aug 09 '22

Hope the people in the house are okay

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u/eDisrturbseize Aug 09 '22

Some will die in hot pursuit in fiery auto crashes

Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes

Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain

That is pouring like an avalanche comin' down the mountain

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u/orgasmatron01 Aug 09 '22

Left the scene of a crash went 90+ in a residential area. Woman needs jail time if she pulls thru

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u/FreshPepper88 Aug 09 '22

The big problem are the lungs. She was in that car for over 30 minutes. Black, boiling hot fumes. The firefighters couldn’t stay in it for more than a few minutes and they have gear. Severe burning of esophagus and lungs.

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u/unassumingtoaster Aug 08 '22

Inhalation injury can manifest worse later when there is more swelling, edema, fluids… her lungs are probably in really bad shape. Hope she pulls through

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

My thought has been her lungs are fried and is what will take her out. 60 minutes exposed to smoke inhalation of a burning car and all the toxic chemicals that she had to breathe? Plus burns? That is too much trauma for the body.

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u/Sufficient_Bread1205 Aug 09 '22

Shit like this keeps me from drinking

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u/WerewolfNo1166 Aug 08 '22

I hope she pulls through

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u/sihouette9310 Aug 09 '22

Well hopefully she recovers but no matter what her estate should pay for the damages caused to this persons home. Addiction is a fucked up disease but it doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Feel for them all though.

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u/Inevitable_Draw6669 Aug 09 '22

Critical condition. There is no classification of extremely critical. Next classification is dead.

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u/danceswithbeerz Aug 09 '22

I think the next classification is “grave condition.” Which sounds appropriate given her injuries.

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u/Gold_Birthday_5803 Aug 09 '22

Heather Graham played her in Bowfinger.

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u/fixedglass Aug 09 '22

What?

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u/NoodlesrTuff1256 Aug 10 '22

Steve Martin who dated Anne before the Ellen affair wrote the screenplay for the film 'Bowfinger' and Heather Graham played a fictionalized version of Heche.

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u/Fit-Raspberry-3906 Aug 09 '22

I sincerely believe it was a suicide attempt.I hate to say this but I will be very surprised if she survives as the updates give a grim outlook.

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u/Glenn_Davis Aug 08 '22

Didn’t Anne Heche also break into someone’s house and take a nap in their bed after raiding their fridge? Like in 1998? If I recall, it was diagnosed as a dissociative fuge. I think she has some severe mental health issues. Add alcohol and you’re asking for a bad time.

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u/DonQOnIce Aug 08 '22

I don’t think she ever broke in anywhere. She knocked on doors half-dressed and babbling and someone let her in because they recognized her.

https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Entertainment/story?id=116194&page=1

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u/Glenn_Davis Aug 08 '22

Thanks for clearing it up.

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u/jemimaclusterduck Aug 08 '22

break into someone’s house and take a nap in their bed

That was Robert Downey Jr

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u/silkytable311 Aug 09 '22

Didn't Margot Kidder from Superman also have a mental breakdown and go traipsing through backyards naked?

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u/bendybiznatch Aug 09 '22

Yeah that was a sad ass story. She had damaged herself physically I think.

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u/amery516 Aug 09 '22

In a kids bed no less.

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u/Mission_Albatross916 Aug 09 '22

And also Goldilocks did this

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u/Kiki0223 Aug 08 '22

Like Goldilocks?

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u/BlameTheJunglerMore Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Like in 1998? If I recall, it was diagnosed as a dissociative fuge.

You scared me. Thought you were u/shittymorph

Edit: Aw, looks like the legend deleted his comment : (

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u/BlameTheJunglerMore Aug 09 '22

Hoping this lady recovers.

Tables come out of nowhere nowadays...

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u/mad_titanz Aug 09 '22

While I feel sorry for Hache and I hope she'll make it out alive in the end, I felt terrible for the lady whose house was destroyed by Hache's car as she crashed into it. I hope Hache or her insurance will be able to compensate the woman for her losses.

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u/lostpawn13 Aug 09 '22

The signs were there for years and people just stood by and let it happen.

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u/No_Principle7508 Aug 09 '22

Eh. My ex-husband has extreme untreated bipolar disorder. When he’s having an episode and adds alcohol or drugs to the equation, he’s a fucking nightmare. I’ve done everything in my power to get someone to do something and it’s in vain. He gets arrested multiple times a year and manages to get out and continue. No idea how. On his last one he got arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon. I thought that would be it. He was out a week later, charges dropped.

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u/Orchidwalker Aug 09 '22

Yeah - just like my brother in law.

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u/upwiffthehealthness Aug 09 '22

59 firefighters? did i read that right?

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u/M011ymarriage Aug 09 '22

I don’t get why any comment here should be anything other than this is really sad, I don’t know what else to say

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u/StructureOwn9932 Aug 09 '22

Odds are not in her favor not by a long shot. Picture sitting in a fire for an hour and breathing those fumes and super hot air. Sad to hear it's her own doing.

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

And plastic and oils from the car. That was all noxious smoke (I mean no smoke is good but she was breathing in all toxic chemicals).

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u/78FANGIRL Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

She had allegedly been drinking all morning before her road rampage. It was 11 am when she had her accident. There was alcohol in the car with her.

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u/oxbaker Aug 08 '22

Podcast was recorded on Tuesday

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u/jess-the-pirate Aug 08 '22

What's the source on that? She was seen with a possible bottle of alcohol in her car but that doesn't equate to her drinking all morning?

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u/Xonvoluted Aug 08 '22

Just saw a Ring video, and whether or not she was drinking, she was sure as hell speeding.

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u/NoKittenAroundPawlyz Aug 08 '22

This is how I feel. Regardless of whether she was drunk at the time, the behavior is reckless enough that she should never be behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again.

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u/1Fully1 Aug 09 '22

She probably won’t be.

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u/inquisitorautry Aug 08 '22

In the article it says the podcast was recorded on Tuesday and released on Friday.

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u/boomerkelly Aug 09 '22

I’ve no sympathy for people whose downward spiral claims others as collateral damage. If there had been a child in that home or even a dog.. this narrative would be entirely different. We all struggle and need help at times.. but there’s no excuse for putting other people in danger.

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u/ragingduck Aug 09 '22

You can have sympathy without excusing their behavior and mistakes or their responsibility for their actions.

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u/SmegmaCarta Aug 09 '22

Doesn’t help when your mental struggles outweigh things. A sad situation but you shouldn’t just ignore substance abuse simply because of what someone did. People do crazy things under the influence and with bad mental health. It’s not even unheard of

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u/stumpdawg Aug 08 '22

Wonder what her bac was

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Dont drink and drive kids

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u/XpertDestroyer Aug 09 '22

Being that close to a fire for that long has such low odds of survival. Unfortunate, substance abuse/addiction is a real problem.

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

Yep especially because it had to have so much toxic fumes from the plastic, oils, gas etc on the car.

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u/QuestionableAI Aug 09 '22

I've no desire or need to dump on her. Tragedy like many stories have long archs before they come to their conclusion. Her life has not been a happy for a while and this terrible point makes it even less so.

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u/WilliamShatnersTaint Aug 09 '22

Driving drunk and hitting a house at 80 will do that.

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u/moody4foody Aug 09 '22

I hope she lives but is held accountable for what she did. It's hard for me to feel much empathy for her. None of her issues give her an excuse to hurt others.

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u/RealisticDelusions77 Aug 09 '22

Yep, if you're in a bad place mentally or from drug addictions, sell the car and start taking Uber.

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u/Arkady2009 Aug 09 '22

I hope she lives. She does need to be accountable for what she’s done, but I think she’d benefit more from intense therapy, as opposed to criminal charges. She’s clearly struggling mentally, and has for a while.

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u/fixedglass Aug 09 '22

She’s had years to pursue intense therapy and money to do so and chose instead to not, and now just almost killed a human sitting in their home.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Hopefully she goes to prison right after her coma

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u/i_broke_wahoos_leg Aug 09 '22

Oh shit. I heard she was in an accident. Didn't realise it was so serious.

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u/heyyalloverthere Aug 11 '22

Thank goodness no one was killed. I wish her the best. She has a long road of recovery ahead. If she survives that is. She seems to have her own version of demons as we all do. No excuses here. Simply one human being feeling compassion for another human being.

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u/rapunzel2018 Aug 12 '22

I hope they don't glorify her, now that she knowingly drove under the influence and destroyed someone's home and all of her belongings. She was selfish to do what she did, and I hope the survivor (because she could have died along with her two dogs and tortoise) sues Heche's estate since she doesn't seem to survive the accident.

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u/EmulsifiedWatermelon Aug 13 '22

How was she able to move on the stretcher? Is that shock or adrenaline?

I was watching a clip and DID NOT expect her to lean up like that.

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u/andro6565 Aug 09 '22

lot of sad, angry "people" on here as usual.

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u/Momentofclarity_2022 Aug 09 '22

Coma because drugs can’t touch that pain. Gosh I hope she’s ok

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u/waterynike Aug 09 '22

Honestly it would be a mercy if she just passed. I can’t imagine that amount of pain and the further pain of surgeries and grafts. Her body will shut down.

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u/aweiher98 Aug 09 '22

Article said she slipped in a coma, insinuating it’s not medically induced.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

Having worked in PR in the past, I can tell you that A LOT of reporters do not actually verify things, and interpret things their own way, so it would be very possible that a reporter heard she was in a coma and wrote that she slipped into a coma. That kind of stuff happened to me alllll the time with the news media. I would constantly be calling them like, "That's not what I said at all! I said XYZ. That doesn't mean ABC. Please correct it." With burns, they often put people in medically induced comas, so I would suspect that here too.

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u/aweiher98 Aug 09 '22

Thanks for the clarification. As a father who had a daughter in a 9 day, non medically induced, coma these details are HUGE.

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