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RandySF

(61,308 posts)
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 08:57 PM Dec 2016

Carrie Fisher stable but being treated in intensive care unit

Personal Note: I have to caution that it sounds like the kind of massive heart attack that killed my mom. I didn't kill her right away but it caused so much damage to her body that it eventually shut down. positive vibes form someone who's been a Fisher man since I was seven years old.



Carrie Fisher is being treated in an intensive care unit after a serious medical emergency on a flight, according to her brother.

On Friday night, Todd Fisher told The Associated Press that his sister was receiving excellent care, but said that he could not classify her condition. He had earlier told the AP that she had been stabilized and was out of the emergency room.

In a subsequent interview, he said many details about her condition or what caused the medical emergency are unknown, and much of what had been reported was speculation.

"We have to wait and be patient," he said. "We have so little information ourselves."

TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported that the actress, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise, was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest. TMZ reports that the emergency occurred about 15 minutes before landing, and an EMT on the plane administered CPR before landing. The plane arrived just after noon PT and Fisher, 60, was rushed by paramedics to the UCLA Medical Center.


http://www.pnj.com/story/life/people/2016/12/23/carrie-fisher-heart-attack/95806310/
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Carrie Fisher stable but being treated in intensive care unit (Original Post) RandySF Dec 2016 OP
All the best to her and the Fisher family Hekate Dec 2016 #1
thank goodness it happened so close to LA renate Dec 2016 #2
Christ Almighty - what a hyperventilating post rumdude Dec 2016 #3
She's not a celeb. She's loved. & so is Gary. UTUSN Dec 2016 #5
What a cruel and unnecessary thing to say. nolabear Dec 2016 #14
What? rumdude Dec 2016 #15
yes Skittles Dec 2016 #23
If you feel the need to say jerky things; leave Montana OUT of it. Maru Kitteh Dec 2016 #30
Something doesn't add up. Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2016 #4
It all depends on how long she wasn't breathing between ambulance and hospital yeoman6987 Dec 2016 #6
I think he misspoke, understandable given the situation. RandySF Dec 2016 #7
Agreed. Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2016 #9
I think you nailed it, but it is possible the early assessments of bystanders were Ilsa Dec 2016 #8
I want to thank her for saying/publically that DRUMPF's nose *snorting* is likely abuse, UTUSN Dec 2016 #10
sounds like my FIL, too mopinko Dec 2016 #11
And sometimes they're just giving loved ones time TexasBushwhacker Dec 2016 #13
this is true. mopinko Dec 2016 #19
They stabilized mom and she seemed to making a comeback for a few days RandySF Dec 2016 #17
yeah, that likely would have happened. mopinko Dec 2016 #18
May the force be with her. nycbos Dec 2016 #12
Vibes. I loved Postcards from the Edge. Great movie. applegrove Dec 2016 #16
May the Force be with her Gothmog Dec 2016 #20
It's eerie that the last question in her interview in the current Rolling Stone magazine was Vinca Dec 2016 #21
Here's hoping... backscatter712 Dec 2016 #22
Her mom, Debbie Reynolds, posted on facebook QED Dec 2016 #24
Debbie is frail herself TexasBushwhacker Dec 2016 #25
I am so sorry about this, and I hope she fully recovers, PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2016 #26
I heard her on NPR a few weeks ago, I couldn't believe her voice LeftInTX Dec 2016 #27
I was simply looking at pictures of her on line, PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2016 #29
Dinosaurs got cancer? cwydro Dec 2016 #31
Yep. PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2016 #32
Lol, and I see it was not the meat-eating ones. cwydro Dec 2016 #33
Keep in mind that cancers that can show up in bones, PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2016 #34
Yes, but it appears to be only the duck-billed dinosaurs. cwydro Dec 2016 #36
It's called addiction. backscatter712 Dec 2016 #28
Makes me think of my uncle HoneyBadger Dec 2016 #35

renate

(13,776 posts)
2. thank goodness it happened so close to LA
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:13 PM
Dec 2016

It would have been extra terrible if they'd been over the Atlantic when it happened.

 

rumdude

(448 posts)
3. Christ Almighty - what a hyperventilating post
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:17 PM
Dec 2016

I'm glad I live in Montana, where we don't care so much for celebs.

UTUSN

(71,038 posts)
5. She's not a celeb. She's loved. & so is Gary.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:42 PM
Dec 2016

But thx for caring. How many Electoral votes ya got?

Maru Kitteh

(28,369 posts)
30. If you feel the need to say jerky things; leave Montana OUT of it.
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 05:16 PM
Dec 2016

My beautiful state has nothing to do with how you choose to behave.

Hassin Bin Sober

(26,421 posts)
4. Something doesn't add up.
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:41 PM
Dec 2016

If her condition was as bad as initially reported then the quotes from the brother are either inaccurate or something is getting lost in translation here.

He's quoted as saying she is stable and "out of the emergency room" ... but she is in intensive care. Some reports say she is on a ventilator.

Reading between the lines of what the brother says still doesn't sound good.

Hoping I'm very wrong.

 

yeoman6987

(14,449 posts)
6. It all depends on how long she wasn't breathing between ambulance and hospital
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 09:46 PM
Dec 2016

They never said cpr was successful. That is scary. I wish her well but I think it's a tough situation for the family at Christmas no less.

Ilsa

(61,731 posts)
8. I think you nailed it, but it is possible the early assessments of bystanders were
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 10:01 PM
Dec 2016

In error. (Let's hope.) And flying more than two hours can trigger blood clots in some people. But if they were correct, then she'll be in ICU until they have run multiple brain function studies. This could take time. I'm glad they were able to get her out of the Emergency Dept.

I hope and pray she recovers well from this.

UTUSN

(71,038 posts)
10. I want to thank her for saying/publically that DRUMPF's nose *snorting* is likely abuse,
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:08 PM
Dec 2016

that her personal experience is authoritative evidence/witnessing.

mopinko

(70,686 posts)
11. sounds like my FIL, too
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:36 PM
Dec 2016

they fought like hell to revive him, even tho they knew he was out of the sweet spot to revive him. they got his heart going, had him on a ventilator, but his eeg was all over the place.
they made us wait several days to pull the plug while their did THEIR requisite number of tests.

and as someone else mentioned, people to get blood clots on those long flights. happened to a friend of mine. they didnt catch it right away, and he ended up pretty sick. but at least it didnt hit his heart.


TexasBushwhacker

(20,340 posts)
13. And sometimes they're just giving loved ones time
Sat Dec 24, 2016, 11:47 PM
Dec 2016

to come to her bedside and say their goodbyes. I've yet to see any actual reports that she is on a ventilator. It's more "I heard..." without any actual back up. Besides, I doubt her brother would share that info.

Of course, an "unnamed source" may tell TMZ and you'd better believe they'll run with it. I've been keeping up with her status from articles in the LA Times and AP.

mopinko

(70,686 posts)
19. this is true.
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:15 AM
Dec 2016

i volunteer for hospice, and sometimes that is what we are there for.
attached to a big hospital, and they sometimes will bring them over to the unit for that reason.

RandySF

(61,308 posts)
17. They stabilized mom and she seemed to making a comeback for a few days
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:01 AM
Dec 2016

but the overall damage to her body was so great that basically crashed.

mopinko

(70,686 posts)
18. yeah, that likely would have happened.
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:13 AM
Dec 2016

his mom was reluctant to disagree w doctors, as she had worked in hospitals most of her life.
but the ex was just furious about the whole thing.

Vinca

(50,404 posts)
21. It's eerie that the last question in her interview in the current Rolling Stone magazine was
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 06:54 PM
Dec 2016

about whether she was afraid of dying. She said she wasn't, except for the pain that might happen. I hope she survives, but if she doesn't she won't have experienced the endless pain she was afraid of.

backscatter712

(26,355 posts)
22. Here's hoping...
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 07:40 PM
Dec 2016

If the flight crew and other people giving CPR and other emergency aid to her were quick, and their CPR technique was good, she may have a chance. I suppose the only thing to do is wait, see if her brain comes back online.

QED

(2,770 posts)
24. Her mom, Debbie Reynolds, posted on facebook
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 08:24 PM
Dec 2016

My daughter, Carrie Fisher, is in stable condition.
If there is any change, the family will share the information at that time. To all her friends and fans, I thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.


https://www.facebook.com/thedebbiereynolds/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,982 posts)
26. I am so sorry about this, and I hope she fully recovers,
Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:58 PM
Dec 2016

but it doesn't really seem promising.

And at the risk of being vilified here, she's a smoker. Why the hell anyone continues to smoke in this day and age when we understand how truly terrible it is, what damage it does, is beyond me.

I have a sister who started smoking at age 13. At age 42 she had a serious heart attack, nearly died, and resumed smoking. WTF?? And of course smokers all get incredibly defensive when confronted by this, and it's so frustrating, so discouraging for their friends and relatives. She is still with us, at age 69, and it's possible she has finally, finally, stopped entirely, but I don't know.

I sincerely hope Fisher recovers, and I further sincerely hope she never smokes another cigarette again.

LeftInTX

(26,230 posts)
27. I heard her on NPR a few weeks ago, I couldn't believe her voice
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 12:18 AM
Dec 2016

I'm the same age as Carrie. It is obvious she not only smokes, but is a heavy smoker.

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,982 posts)
29. I was simply looking at pictures of her on line,
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 01:03 AM
Dec 2016

after what happened the other day, and suddenly it occurred to me, THAT'S the face of a smoker. So I googled Carrie Fisher smoking and lots and lots of pics of her showed up. And yes, the voice of a smoker is incredibly obvious.

And I guess, since I've never smoked, I just don't get the sweet, seductive addiction, but it just angers me that anyone took up smoking after the 1964 Surgeon General's report.

And what's even more frustrating is the extent to which smokers are in total denial.

I read The Cancer Chronicles by George Johnson recently, and I highly recommend it. The essential point I want to make is that not only has cancer been with us pretty much forever (dinosaurs got cancer) and with rates largely unchanged for millennia, the ONLY thing that matters in whether or not you'll get cancer is smoking. Every other supposed risk (other than certain genetic factors, and even they aren't all that strong) is trivial.

Smoking also hugely impacts heart disease. Well duh.

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,982 posts)
34. Keep in mind that cancers that can show up in bones,
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 07:02 PM
Dec 2016

not to mentioned fossilized bones, are quite rare overall. And the fact that fossilization is itself unusual. Chances are they got other cancers also, but we haven't yet seen the clear evidence of that.

 

cwydro

(51,308 posts)
36. Yes, but it appears to be only the duck-billed dinosaurs.
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 08:20 PM
Dec 2016
They were herbivores. (There's a poem there somewhere lol.)

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for opening my eyes to it.

backscatter712

(26,355 posts)
28. It's called addiction.
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 12:21 AM
Dec 2016

Smoking feels good, because of that sweet, sweet nicotine, so stopping is hard. Even when it's killing you.

 

HoneyBadger

(2,297 posts)
35. Makes me think of my uncle
Mon Dec 26, 2016, 07:07 PM
Dec 2016

I flew across the country to say goodbye. His sisters were praying 24x7. They were nice older women, but uneducated. My cousins, dentists, and doctors, told me he is dead, there is nothing left, that is how we talk, but they could not say that to their moms.

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