Canadian actress and Lost star Evangeline Lilly has opened up about her recent visit with Jeremy Renner, following from his horrific accident involving a snow plough.
The incident occurred while the Hawkeye actor was trying to clear the road outside his home on New Year’s Day, and he was severely injured as a result of the baltic conditions.
According to his publicist, Samantha Mast, Renner was attempting to clear the road outside his home in Nevada following a snowstorm, when he suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopaedic injuries involving the snow plough he was using.
TMZ obtained the 911 call log, which revealed further details of what exactly happened at Renner’s home.
They report shared that the actor could be heard moaning in pain in the background of the call, and that he had “extreme difficulty” breathing.
It also states that the right-hand side of his chest had collapsed, and that his upper torso had been “completely crushed” by the machinery.
Renner was then airlifted to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his extensive injuries.
A source told RadarOnline in the aftermath of the accident: “It’s much worse than anyone knows. Jeremy is very aware of the fact that he almost died out there. The right side of Jeremy’s chest was crushed, and his upper torso had collapsed. He also had a bad head wound that was bleeding and a leg injury.”
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has also released a report detailing what actually happened that day, and it turns out, Renner is a hero…
“The Pistenbully snow groomer began sliding causing Renner to exit the vehicle without setting the emergency brake,” the report stated as per CNN.
“Although the Pistenbully had some mechanical issues, it is believed based on our mechanical inspection that the parking brake would keep the Pistenbully from moving forward. When Renner attempted to stop or divert the Pistenbully to avoid injury to (his nephew), he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over.”
Luckily, his nephew wasn’t injured, and was able to help Renner until emergency services arrived.
And now, his A-list buddy Evangeline Lilly has shared the details of her “intense” visit to Renner while in conversation with Access Hollywood.
“I walked in his house and got chicken skin because I was like, ‘Why are you mobile? Why are you mobile? What’s happening?’,” she recalled.
“I expected to sit at his bedside and hold his hand, while he moaned and groaned in pain, and wasn’t able to move. He was wheeling himself around, laughing with his friends.
“It’s a miracle. It’s a straight-up miracle,” she continued. “He’s made of something really tough, that guy. And, you know, you’ve always been able to see that in him and he is recovering incredibly.”
“It was really intense,” she said, reflecting on her visit. “I mean, he had a near-death experience that was highly traumatic, and he was awake for the whole thing.
“I’m still having moments where some of the stuff he told me that he experienced and retelling me the story of what went on and the things he could hear and the things that he could see.”
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