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Ruby Rose Severely Injured on Set of CW's Batwoman

Star posts video of her emergency surgery after stunt injuries
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2019 11:31 AM CDT
This image released by the CW Network shows Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman in a scene from "Batwoman," premiering Oct. 6.   (Kimberley French/The CW via AP)
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(Newser) – The CW Network's Batwoman premieres Sunday, featuring Ruby Rose in the lead role as the first openly lesbian TV superhero. But Rose made headlines for another reason over the weekend: She announced that production on the show actually had to stop earlier this year because she hurt herself so badly performing stunts on the set that she had to undergo emergency surgery, Vulture reports. "To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck... A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed," the 33-year-old actress wrote on Instagram.

She adds she had two herniated discs that "were close to severing my spinal cord" and that she was in "chronic pain." If you're wondering why there's a "sensitive content" warning on Rose's Instagram post, it's because it includes a graphic video of her urgent operation—graphic enough that it made Gizmodo writer Julie Muncy want to go "scream into a pillow." Why did Rose choose to share this footage? "To anyone asking why I let them video it.. Did you not watch that Greys anatomy episode where they left a towel in a patient??" she writes. "Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under." (Read more Ruby Rose stories.)

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