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'Mad Max' Fans Raise $100,000 For Stunt Woman's Brain Surgery

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'Mad Max' Fans Raise $100,000 For Stunt Woman's Brain Surgery

Dayna Grant, a hugely successful and talented stunt performer, has sadly had an accident in New Zealand, resulting in her needing emergency brain surgery. The stunt specialist needs surgery after sustaining a head injury while filming an upcoming project - which may or may not be Amazon's The Lord of the Rings. She experienced signs of Traumatic Brain Injury, and following CT and MRI scans an 8mm aneurysm was discovered, as well as neck injuries.

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Doctors advised Grant to get a surgery as quickly as possible, and according to her crowdfunding campaign the best way to achieve this was through private medical care. To try and help with the expensive process, a Give A Little campaign was set up, which has thankfully been fully funded by fans and supporters.

If you're unfamiliar with her name, you're more likely to be familiar with Grant's work on films and TV. Her credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Xena: Warrior Princess, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Wonder Woman 1984, Mulan (2020), and more. And it was in part due to Xena's help that the crowdfunding campaign got the attention it needed.

Actress Lucy Lawless - who played Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess - drew attention to the campaign by posting on Twitter and helping fund the surgery. "Help me help our dear friend, Xena Stuntwoman, Dayna Grant get emergency brain surgery after head injury on set for an upcoming project. She has made actresses look cool on horseback and fighting on #WonderWoman, #MadMax, SnowWhite, #Xena, #AshvsEvilDead."

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Lawless followed up with a pledge to help the campaign herself: "For every Xena fan or #AshVsEvil Dead fan who donates, I will match you dollar for dollar till we get the job done. This woman deserves all the love. Put #XenaLove on your donation and I'll match you!"

Dayna Grant posted a tearful response thanking fans for their help, and explaining how deeply she appreciates the help. "I'm absolutely speechless with all the love and support from everyone all around the world." She then laughs about how "terrible" she looks in the video, before thanking audiences once again for their assistance. The campaign is still open if you're interested in helping with Dayna's medical bills further - and here is the link.

Featured Image Credit: Dayna Grant

Topics: Movies, News, Warner Bros., DC

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