Anne Heche not expected to survive injuries from car crash

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The 53-year-old actress suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in California. Anne Heche is not expected to survive the injuries she sustained in a car crash last week.

The 53-year-old actress was critically injured on August 5 when the Mini Cooper she was driving crashed into a residence in Mar Vista, Los Angeles.

Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury during the incident and is being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in California. Her representative released a statement Thursday evening on behalf of her friends and family revealing she will likely not recover from the accident.

Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition, the statement, obtained by PEOPLE, said. 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.

The fiery car crash ignited a blaze that engulfed both the car and the home into which it crashed. It took 59 firefighters to extinguish the flames. The homeowner was not injured.

Heche had narcotics in her system at the time, according to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department.

A public information officer told EW on Thursday that the star is under investigation and facing potential felony DUI charges. However, further tests will be needed to determine if the results were skewed by the medications administered during her treatment.

Authorities noted in a press release that the case is still an active and ongoing investigation and is currently in the process of gathering additional evidence to include final toxicology results and medical records from both parties involved. The Los Angeles Times and TMZ have also reported that Heches initial blood test detected cocaine in her system. EW has not been able to independently confirm the reports.

A representative for the Wag the Dog and My Friend Dahmer star told EW on Monday that Heche was in extreme critical condition and in a coma after suffering a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.

Anne Heche is in a coma and critical condition after car crash, Anne Heche is in a coma and in extreme critical condition following a fiery car crash Friday in Los Angeles.

A representative for the Wag the Dog and My Friend Dahmer actress said in a statement provided to EW on Monday, At this time she is in extreme critical condition; she has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.

The update comes after PEOPLE reported over the weekend that Heche, 53, was intubated and in stable condition, and that her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the crash occurred when a car traveling at high speed — later identified as Heches vehicle — struck a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood around 11 a.m. local time. Both Heches car and the residence became engulfed in flames, which according to the Los Angeles Fire Department required a total of 59 firefighters to put out. The homeowner was not injured, but Heche received burn injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to a TMZ report, witnesses first saw Heches car crash into the garage of a different apartment complex nearby. Residents there reportedly tried to get the actress out of her car, but she refused, drove away, and crashed a second time.

After the incident, Heches former partner James Tupper, with whom she shares a son, Atlas, shared his well wishes for the actress on Instagram. Thoughts and prayers for this lovely woman, actress, and mother tonight, wrote Tupper, 57. We love you.

Jeff Lee, a public information officer for the LAPD, told EW on Saturday that the crash was being investigated as a single-vehicle traffic collision.

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