Why Anne Heche was taken off life support after her death notice

Anne Heche was involved in a fatal car accident on August 5 after the Mini Cooper she was driving struck a home in Mar Vista, Los Angeles. TMZ obtained footage of the incident, which showed Heche allegedly “driving like a maniac” as she sped down a residential street. She first crashed into the garage of an apartment block, reversed and then drove into the house. The collision caused the building and car to burst into flames, and Heche suffered severe burns and head injuries.

She was taken to the hospital, but as new reports of Heche’s condition surfaced, it became clear there was nothing the medics could do to save her. A spokeswoman told Deadline she was in a coma after suffering “a significant lung injury that required mechanical ventilation and burns that required surgical intervention.” The Guardian reported that the Donnie Brasco star was officially pronounced dead on August 12. Heche was only 53 and left two sons, Homer Lafoon and Atlas Tupper.

“After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I’m left with a deep, wordless sadness,” Homer said in a heartbreaking statement (via People). “Hopefully my mother is pain free and begins to explore what I would like to envision as her eternal freedom.” After the announcement of Heche’s tragic death, she remained in the hospital for several days on a ventilator. Why Anne Heche was finally taken off life support on August 14 is both moving and bittersweet.

The death of Anne Heche saved the lives of others

After being officially pronounced dead on August 12, Anne Heche remained hospitalized for three days on a ventilator. Despite being presumed “legally dead,” Heche’s heart kept beating so medical staff could harvest her organs if suitable matches were found. “It has long been her decision to donate her organs and she is being placed on life support to determine if any are viable,” her rep told People.

After doctors found suitable transplant patients, the actor was removed from assisted ventilation. “Anne Heche was peacefully taken off life support,” her rep told People. It was not disclosed which or how many organs were removed or who any of the donors are. However, sources told TMZ that Heche had asked for “multiple organs” to be donated in the event of her death. Heche’s tragic death has the potential to save many more lives.

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Penn Medicine reports that since the COVID pandemic, there has been a dramatic decline in transplants due to a shortage of organ donors. According to the data collected, France has suffered a 91% drop in transplant procedures, while the US has fallen by 50%. Government donation statistics show that “every day 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant”. While 105,721 “men, women and children” are on transplant waitlists nationwide. Here you can register as a donor.