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Carrie Fisher in Stable Condition After Suffering Cardiac Arrest on Plane

Carrie Fisher in Stable Condition After Suffering Cardiac Arrest on Plane

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Friday, 23 December 2016 07:37 PM

Carrie Fisher is now in stable condition after suffering a full cardiac arrest on Friday while aboard an airplane headed from London to Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports.

The actress was in critical condition earlier in the day, an emergency official told Variety on Friday afternoon.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, told AP that she was "out of emergency" and stabilized about four hours after landing.

Airport police responded at approximately 12:15 p.m. PT to a woman with a medical emergency on a plane at LAX International Airport's Terminal 7, but they couldn't confirm the identify of the victim, public information officer Alicia Hernandez told Variety.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were already on the scene, performing CPR on a female victim who had gone into cardiac arrest when airport police arrived. She was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Fisher, 60, reportedly went into cardiac arrest about 15 minutes before the plane landed following the 11-hour flight, TMZ first reported.

LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said paramedics were standing by for the plane's arrival at 12:11 p.m., and immediately provided "advanced life support, aggressively treated, and transported" the patient -- whom they couldn't name, in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule -- to a local hospital.

United Airlines released a statement on Friday afternoon.

"Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive," the statement, obtained by Variety, reads. "Our thoughts are with our customer at this time and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities."

According to air traffic control conversation between the tower and the pilot of United 935, recorded via liveatc.ne, at 12:13 p.m., the passengers and nurses were assisting the unresponsive passenger before the plane landed.

Reps for Fisher did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

Her "Star Wars" costars, fellow actors, and others in Hollywood took to social media to send well wishes.

"Sending all our love" to Fisher, Mark Hamill tweeted.

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" franchise, wrote on Twitter, "Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favorite princess right now."

Several people who say they were on board the airplane with Fisher broke the news on Twitter. "Don't know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she's gonna be OK," wrote filmmaker and YouTuber Anna Akana.

Comedian Brad Gage wrote, "I'm in complete shock. Anna Akana and I sat in front of Carrie Fisher on our flight from London and she was just taken off the plane by EMTs."

Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise, has recently been on tour promoting her memoir "The Princess Diarist." She had been filming the Amazon series "Catastrophe," starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, a few days earlier in London. Fisher plays Delaney's caustic mother, Mia, on the show.

She recently reprised her role as Princess Leia (now General Leia) in last year's box office phenomenon "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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