Carrie Fisher, loved by nerds everywhere as Princess Leia, suffered a heart attack while on a flight. She was reportedly flying from London to Los Angeles when she suffered complete cardiac arrest. Some fellow passengers sustained her with life support procedures until the plane landed in LA. Thank goodness for portable medical equipment like AEDs or Fisher may have passed away immediately. You might be wondering how a portable defibrillator works but AED batteries last between 2 to 5 years on average, making them a crucial element of any emergency equipment collection.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Just prior to arrival, a pilot told the control tower that passengers who were nurses were attending to an “unresponsive” passenger.
“So they’re working on her right now,” the pilot said in a public recording of the conversation on liveatc.net.
According to the LAX Police Department, officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m., for a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest. On arrival, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Fisher has been hospitalized, and her condition was initially noted as “not good” and “critical”. Her brother, Todd Fisher, told the Associated Press that she has stabilized and had been taken out of emergency. Her people have not commented on the situation when asked. Also, the local fire department have not confirmed Carrie Fisher by name. An LAFD member acknowledged that someone had been “provided advanced life support, aggressively treated, and transported”.
The actress is 60 years old, and is best known for her role in the Star Wars series of films. She recently made her return to the franchise after 30 years, in the critical and box office success Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She just recently wrapped filming Episode VIII, which is now in post-production.
Needless to say, 2016 has been a terrible year, considering all the well-known and much-loved icons that have been taken from us. We are coming up to the end of the year, and yet 2016 is still screwing with us.
Our thoughts are certainly with Carrie Fisher and her family. We hope she pulls through and makes a healthy return as soon as possible.
Carrie, may the Force be with you. Always.