Alyssa Milano says her uncle is ‘on life support’ and has ‘got a long road ahead of him,’ less than a week he after suffered a heart attack while driving with her.
The actress-activist, 48, took to TikTok on Monday, after she and her uncle Mitchell J. Carp were involved in an August 17 car accident on a freeway in Los Angeles that came after he had the heart attack at the wheel of a 2020 Ford Edge SUV.
‘Uncle Mitch is still in and out of consciousness; he’s on life support,’ Milano said in a clip on the social media site. ‘My brother went there yesterday and played him some oldies, and his whole body started moving. So, he really loved that.’
The actress, who’s been seen in recent years on shows such as Insatiable and Grey’s Anatomy, said that ‘the nurses at the UCLA Medical Center and the doctors are taking such incredible care of Uncle Mitch, but he’s got a long road ahead of him.’
The latest: Alyssa Milano, 48, says her uncle is ‘on life support’ and has ‘got a long road ahead of him,’ less than a week he after suffered a heart attack while driving with her
Milano said that Carp ‘is a fighter’ who had a high fever during the weekend, with doctors telling her he might be battling an infection and ‘that every day is a miracle that he still hangs on.’
Milano, who performed CPR on her uncle in the wake of the crash, emphasized the importance of people being certified to take the lifesaving measures.
‘You could be called upon to save a life at some point, and it’s really, really valuable to know how to do that,’ she said.
In an Instagram post shared Wednesday, Milano revealed she was uncertain if he would recover.
Details: The actress-activist took to TikTok on Monday, after she and her uncle Mitchell J. Carp were involved in an August 17 car accident after he had the heart attack at the wheel of a 2020 Ford Edge SUV
‘Yesterday my family suffered a terrifying and traumatic event,’ she said. ‘I was a passenger in a car my Uncle Mitch was driving when he suffered a serious heart attack, resulting in a car crash.
‘I am grateful to the people who stopped to help us. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for the car and attention they, along with the first responders, doctors, nurses, and staff at UCLA Medical Center paid to him and to me.
Milano continued: ‘Uncle Mitch is such an important part of our family. He’s with us every day, spending time with my children and present in every meaningful part of our lives. He’s still in the hospital, and we are unsure if he will recover.’
She also urged followers to get CPR certified in case of an emergency.
Grateful: The actress said that ‘the nurses at the UCLA Medical Center and the doctors are taking such incredible care of Uncle Mitch, but he’s got a long road ahead of him’
Terrifying: The actress opened up about the traumatic experience in a lengthy Instagram post
‘Please, take this as your inspiration to get CPR certified. You don’t know when you’ll be called upon to save a life. The American Red Cross and many hospitals and other organizations offer regular classes. It’s such a small effort and can have a huge impact.’
Milano reportedly leant over from her position in the passenger seat to hit the brakes with her hand as her uncle fell unwell, according to TMZ.
Law enforcement sources told the publication that the incident happened while the pair were driving in a Ford Edge on Tuesday.
They claim that another vehicle hit theirs as Mitch fell unconscious after suffering what is thought to be a heart attack.
Alyssa then hit the brakes with the vehicle then coming to a stop after making contact with another car in the lane it had drifted into.
‘With the assistance of a good Samaritan, they were able to bring the Ford to a stop in between the #1 and #2 lane,’ ET reported, citing the California Highway Patrol.
Milano administered CPR on her uncle until first responders were on the scene, and took her uncle to a local hospital, where he was being treated in the wake of the incident.
The actress was subsequently picked up by husband David Bugliari, according to the CHP.
Milano on Tuesday evening took to Twitter with a message urging her followers to look out to protect their loved ones.
‘It’s not hard to take care of each other, but it is important,’ she tweeted. ‘Get vaccinated. Wear masks. Lock up your guns. Learn CPR. Small, common-sense actions.’
Heroic: Milano, pictured in 2019 in LA, administered CPR on her uncle until first responders were on the scene, and took her uncle to a local hospital