Mariska Hargitay has a collapsed lung

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Law & Order: SVU is a great show that seems to have jumped the shark this season. It happened with an unfortunate episode where Christopher Meloni’s character Elliot Stabler gets shot while tracking someone smuggling exotic animals. Not to put too fine a point on it, but exotic animals are not special victims! Rape victims are special victims. Children are special victims. Leopards are not special victims.

Anyhoo, L&O: SVU’s Emmy-winning star Mariska Hargitay has been hospitalized while on vacation. Apparently, she has a collapsed lung, which sounds pretty serious. Her reps are releasing very little info, though. The only thing they’re sure of is that Hargitay will be back to filming SVU episodes very, very soon.

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay has a partially collapsed lung, but won’t miss any work, according to her rep.

“Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung),” the rep says.

In spite of her condition, the 44-year-old actress “will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of Law & Order: SVU,” the rep says.

According to a source, the actress has been on vacation and her injury did not occur on the set of her show.

Hargitay was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama, but did not attend Sunday’s ceremony. Access Hollywood was first to report the news.

From People

Mariska Hargitay seems like a really cool person, judging her solely from her E! True Hollywood Story, which made me cry. Her role as Detective Olivia Benson has defined her career, and she takes it seriously. After a couple of years playing a cop dealing with victimized women and children, Hargitay started a charity that funds therapeutic vacations for rape and molestation victims, bringing them to Hawaii to swim with the fish. It’s got me wondering if she was in Hawaii when her lung collapsed. My thoughts and prayers are with Hargitay, her family, and the people she helps.

Mariska Hargitay is shown on the set of Law & Order: SVU with co-star Christopher Meloni on 12/22/08. Credit: Bauergriffinonline.

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  1. mojoman says:

    She is one of my favorite actors. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  2. Rose says:

    Poor Mariska, I hope she recovers soon.

  3. RReedy says:

    She is a beautiful human being. A child of Jayne Manfeld & Micky Hargitay, she grew up in an interesting time with interesting parents. I hope she recovers quickly.

  4. Roma says:

    Kaiser, when the exotic animals episode aired I thought the exact same thing! I kept wondering, is someone going to rape the animals?

  5. Pink says:

    She should be fine soon. Most of the time a lung will reinflate itself. If not, they will stick a chest tube in a blow it back up. It isn’t very serious, so hopefully she will be feeling better soon.

  6. vdantev says:

    Wow, that’s rough. It hurts like hell. I had that happen when I was 10 from a severe combined lung infection.

  7. embertine says:

    Rape victims are special victims. Children are special victims. Leopards are not special victims.

    HA!
    This made me choke on my tea. I dunno, leopards ARE pretty special…!

  8. HEB says:

    You guys obviously didn’t watch the episode. One of those exotic animals ATE a special victim. Thats how its related.
    That was one of the most exhilarating episodes I’ve seen in a long time.

  9. daisy424 says:

    I hope she is okay, it’s a great show.

    My right lung collapsed in 1985, due to bleps. Dante is right, it hurts like hell. Yes, it can be serious.
    A chest tube is inserted between the ribs to suction the escaped air that is in the chest, which compresses the lung keeping it deflated. The chest tube’s funtion is not to ‘blow up’ the lung.

    After a week in the hospital, I was back to light work duties in 2 weeks, no lifting though.

  10. Jane says:

    Agree Heb. But I don’t don’t think she gets the facts correct on a lot of her articles.

  11. Bodhi says:

    You don’t think Kaiser gets her facts right, Jane? Interesting…

    I Love Mariska & hope she gets better soon!

  12. Jane says:

    Well from a couple articles I read of hers (this one, and a couple others, I forget the names of them) she just writes whatever without even seeing if it is correct.

  13. Jenna says:

    I do hope she recovers well and soon.

    Jane, I don’t know of any other articles that Kaiser has posted and it not being correct. This article though, Mariska’s agent only released a very limited detail as to what all is going on with her. Plus I recall reading in Cosmo a few years back about Mariska’s charity. Everything in this post seems to be on point and correct.

    Besides, a lot of what bloggers write about is mostly pure gossip. There are some posts more correct than others and then different posts that are completely false.

  14. NotBlonde says:

    I hope she gets well soon. I love her on this show and she seems really genuine.

  15. Jane says:

    No, I meant about the L&O episode, and saying it went downhill from that episode and didn’t even describe it accurately.

  16. jessica says:

    omg omg omg
    i hope she recovers sooon
    i luvvv her
    i watch and breathe svu nd im only 13
    shes my favorite character
    all my prayers and hopes go 2 mariska hargitay and her family and friends and all the people she has helped

  17. Nara says:

    plesae make fast recovery all my prayers go out to u

  18. MochaNthaMiddle says:

    PINK:
    You OBVIOUSLY have no idea how serious a collapsed lung it. You could very easily die from a collapsed lung. It’s not as simple as sticking a tube down your thought or your lunch just INFLATING itself back up.

  19. taija seward says:

    omg i hope the best for you i will pray for you someone had up on youtube that you had died and i just started crying cause i loooooooovvvvve you to death and i was like it cant be true get well