In a statement posted on her official Facebook page, Debbie Reynolds gave an update on her daughter, Carrie Fisher, telling fans that she is in “stable condition.” The 60-year-old Fisher suffered a heart attack on Friday near the end of a flight from London to Los Angeles.
“My daughter, Carrie Fisher, is in stable condition,” Reynolds posted on Facebook on Christmas Day. “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.”
Reynolds also posted the message on Twitter.
This is the first word on the Star Wars actress’ health since Friday, when her brother, Todd Fisher, said she was moved out of an emergency room and into an intensive care unit. He was first quoted as telling the Associated Press that Fisher was in “stable condition,” but he later told Variety that he was not sure of her condition.
“She’s in the ICU and everybody’s praying for her,” Todd Fisher told Variety. “There’s nothing new from the doctors. There’s nothing new at all. … There’s no good news or bad news.”
It should be noted that being in “stable condition” is not really a condition. As The Explainer notes, the American Hospital Association’s General Guide for the Release of Information on the Condition of Patients, reads, “‘Stable’ should not be used as a condition. Furthermore, this term should not be used in combination with other conditions, which by definition often indicate a patient is unstable.” In other words, Fisher being in “stable condition” only means that her condition is not fluid at this moment.
TMZ first reported that Fisher suffered a heart attack near the end of a trans-Atlantic flight from London to LAX. The site reported that the emergency happened just 15 minutes before the plane landed and an emergency medical technician happened to be onboard to help.
TMZ later reported that paramedics administered CPR for 15 minutes before they finally got a pulse. She was rushed to UCLA Mecial Center and was put on a ventilator.
Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies and just completed work on Star Wars: Episode VIII. She was on a book tour this fall to promote The Princess Diarist.
Since the news broke of Fisher’s heart attack, the Star Wars community has come out to wish her well. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, posted a meme, telling Santa Claus, “All I want for X-Mas is The Force to Be Strong with Carrie.”
Fisher’s father is the late actor/singer Eddie Fisher. Her mother, the 84-year-old Reynolds is a Hollywood icon, having starred in Singin’ In The Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and other classics.