Force Awakens Stuntwoman Faces Amputation

Olivia Jackson, 34, suffered terrible accident
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Force Awakens Stuntwoman to Lose an Arm
This photo provided by Disney/Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by JJ Abrams.   (David James/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

A stuntwoman who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens says her arm will be amputated following a horrific on-set motorbike crash, Yahoo Movies reports. Olivia Jackson, 34, was filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa in September when she hit a metal camera arm. "My left arm is paralysed and is going to have to be amputated," she tells the Sun. "My facial scarring is horrible and I wish I had my old face. But I’m truly grateful to be alive." Jackson was in a coma for two weeks after the accident, which left her with injuries including broken bones, brain bleeding, torn fingers, a severed neck artery, and five nerves "torn out of the spinal cord," she wrote on Facebook. "Not my funnest day on set."

Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich called it "a miracle" that the South African stuntwoman even survived. "All of us here have been praying every single day for her and her family and sending our thoughts out hoping some of the positive energy reaches her, because she truly needs it," she said at the time. Seems on-set stunt accidents aren't that rare: "The fact that we haven’t got more people dying on set is sheer luck," an unnamed source told the Sun in September. "Stuff is swept under the carpet. Injuries go unreported all the time." An average of five stuntmen die per year, according to the paper. It remains unclear whether makers of the Resident Evil series will bear responsibility for Jackson's crash. (Read more stuntman stories.)

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