Anne Heche was declared brain dead. How does it affect the body? : NPR


Actress Anne Heche attends the WIN Awards at the Santa Monica Bay Womans Club on December 11, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.

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Anne Heche was declared brain dead. How does it affect the body? : NPR

Actress Anne Heche attends the WIN Awards at the Santa Monica Bay Womans Club on December 11, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Actress Anne Heche has been on life support and is not expected to survive after her car crashed into two houses last Friday, her family told Deadline.

Heche, 53, has been hospitalized since the crash, where she allegedly sped in her blue Mini Cooper and crashed into one house, then another, leaving the second in flames.

She suffers from an anoxic brain injury. How does it affect the body?

Anoxic brain injury

Anoxic brain damage occurs when all oxygen is cut off from the brain. After about four minutes of oxygen loss, brain cells begin to die, according to the Shepherd Center, a private, nonprofit hospital in Atlanta.

Hypoxic brain injury

Hypoxic brain injury occurs when there is a partial restriction of oxygen to the brain. This restriction causes progressive damage and death of brain cells.

Causes of brain damage

Brain damage does not necessarily originate in the brain. They can be due to any physical trauma that affects the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, such as a stroke or trauma to the lungs.

Symptoms of brain damage

Things to look for that could signal brain injury include both physical limitations and behavioral changes, such as:

  • Headache
  • Vision problems
  • Aphrasia (difficulty speaking)
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Seizures
  • Memory issues
  • The Depression
  • focus problem
  • Mood swings


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