Following the news that Farrah Fawcett has been hospitalized in L.A. since Thursday, Craig Nevius, a friend and producer who works closely with her, tells EW that he expects she will be coming home "very soon. It won’t be long." Fawcett was admitted last week to treat a hematoma, which caused bleeding in her abdomen, most likely a side effect of a cancer treatment she recently received in Germany.
"What’s being reported is that she’s unconscious, she’s unresponsive, she’s atdeath’s door — none of that’s true," Nevius tells EW. "[She’s] responsive, she’s not unconscious,she’s not on death’s door. She’s a little pissed off that people are countingher out already, but other than that, it’s not pleasant. None of it is pleasant."
The Emmy-nominated actress was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. Afterundergoing aggressive treatment, her cancer went into remission, thenreturned in 2007.
Nevius also released a statement posted by People.com: "Farrahis allowing this statement out of appreciation for her fans, who haveoffered their constant support throughout her fight, as well as out ofconcern for the countless other cancer patients who have written herover the last two-and-a-half years in order to tell her that they arefollowing her story in the hope that there is hope."
Nevius says the exaggerated reports about Fawcett’s condition began when she was photographed in a wheelchair at the airport after she returned home from Germany, where she was receiving treatment from Lawrence Piro, M.D. "[Dr. Piro] went on the record as far as the wheelchair incident of about a week agowhen she returned from Germany and was ambushed at the gate, or near the gate, byphotographers that got the wheelchair pictures of her, which began fueling allthis," Nevius says.
Piro’s statement: "There have been some photographs that have been widelypublished of Farrah Fawcett in a wheelchair. The reason she was in thatwheelchair is because she had a small procedure while in Germany andleft for the airport soon after. She could have stayed in Germany torecuperate for a day or two but she was really very anxious to comehome." –Additional reporting by Kate Ward.
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