Mariska Hargitay’s injury on set caused her to focus on her ‘blessings’

Mariska Hargitay is best known for playing Olivia Benson in Law and Order: SVU. His celebrity status has grown steadily over the years. Hargitay was so devoted to her role in the hit TV series that she volunteered to do her own stunts. Unfortunately, one of his stunts went horribly wrong. Hargitay recounted the circumstances surrounding her injury and how she learned to count her “blessings”.

Mariska Hargitay seriously injured on the set of “Law & Order: SVU”

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In 2008, Hargitay was seriously injured on the set of Law and Order: SVU. In an interview with Red book, she spoke about what happened to her. Hargitay says she was doing a stunt for a scene where she had to jump and land on a cushion. However, after jumping, she landed in a way that caused bleeding in her lungs. She was then admitted to the hospital and had to undergo surgery to repair a collapsed lung.

“I jumped and landed on pads, but on the second take something happened – I landed badly,” Hargitay told Redbook. “I stood up and felt something was wrong inside. At first, I thought I had the wind in my sails. I was angry with myself. Later I thought that maybe I had stretched a muscle, but I didn’t focus on the injury and continued to expect it to improve.

Hargitay’s injury has not improved. More than three months later, she says she started to feel short of breath and chest pain. Hargitay describes a scary moment when she was walking along the beach and suddenly had chest pains so severe that she had to kneel on one knee to be able to locate herself.

“They took an x-ray and found that my right lung was 50 percent collapsed,” says Hargitay. “I started to panic. I was so scared. I had surgery in hopes of avoiding more serious surgery, but it didn’t work and ended up in surgery about two weeks later.

Mariska Hargitay says accident reminded her of loss of mother Jayne Mansfield

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The Olivia Benson actor says her experience was traumatic and reminded her of how suddenly things can go wrong. She tells the post that going through this health scare brought back some of the feelings she had around losing her mother. Hargitay was just three years old when she was involved in a car crash that killed her mother at the age of 34.

“Losing my mother at such a young age is the scar on my soul,” she told Redbook. “But I feel like it finally made me who I am today. I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here.

Mariska Hargitay Focused On Her “Blessings”

Hargitay says she didn’t ask “why me” after her accident. Instead, she focuses on all the things she’s grateful for. Much of the joy she feels comes from her son, August, who was born in 2006.

“Becoming a parent erased a lot of my negative feelings from childhood and filled them with something new,” Hargitay says in his interview with Redbook. Although she has been through loss and illness, Hargitay says she is doing her best to focus on what is going well in her life. She tells the publication that she exists in “an interesting reality between loss and gratitude.”

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