Wednesday 22 November 2017

Carrie Fisher's brother Todd breaks his silence on her condition: 'She's a very tough girl'

Jury member Carrie Fisher attends the Opening Ceremony And 'Gravity' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Jury member Carrie Fisher attends the Opening Ceremony And 'Gravity' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher attends Marina Rinaldi launch of new atelier on July 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marina Rinaldi)
Carrie Fisher and Billie Catherine Lourd attend the "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on June 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Domhnall Gleeson and Carrie Fisher pose in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Movie: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reunite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Actress/director Sharon Horgan and talent Carrie Fisher speak on stage at Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Carrie Fisher's brother has broken his silence on the actress' hospitalisation.

The Star Wars actress (60) is currently in intensive care after having a reported heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Her brother Todd described the moment as "traumatic" but praised hospital stuff for their standard of care.

"She's obviously a very tough girl who's survived many things," he said.

Actress/director Sharon Horgan and talent Carrie Fisher speak on stage at Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Actress/director Sharon Horgan and talent Carrie Fisher speak on stage at Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Fisher has been candid about her drug abuse and her bipolar disorder over the years.

She had been in London filming the third season of Catastrophe and was reportedly "not breathing for 10 minutes" on board the transatlantic flight.

But her brother said much of what had been reported about the incident was speculation.

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

Carrie Fisher attends Marina Rinaldi launch of new atelier on July 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marina Rinaldi)
Carrie Fisher attends Marina Rinaldi launch of new atelier on July 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marina Rinaldi)

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said paramedics administered advanced life-saving care to a patient at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday and transported the person to a nearby hospital. He did not identify the patient.

United Airlines said a passenger on flight 935 was "unresponsive".

A spokeswoman for police at LAX airport said: "Los Angeles police responded at 12.15pm to Terminal 7 regarding a female victim who went into cardiac arrest.

"Upon arrival the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) was already performing CPR on the victim and the victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment."

Movie: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reunite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Movie: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reunite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It was reported that Fisher was given CPR by passengers on board before the plane landed at LAX, where paramedics tried to resuscitate her for 15 minutes before finding a pulse.

Meanwhile, her Star Wars co-stars have rallied around her sending their well wishes.

Harrison Ford told The Hollywood Reporter: "I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend.

"Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends."

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