Tragedy recently struck the set of the CW's Batwoman TV series, as production assistant Amanda Smith has been left paralyzed from the waist down following a devastating on-set accident. According to a GoFundMe page created by her friends to help alleviate her financial burden, the incident occurred on March 11, just days before production on the series was completely shut down in relation to the spread of the coronavirus. Unable to hear the machine because of the traffic, a "bucket of a lift lowered onto her head," afflicting Smith with serious injuries resulting in emergency spinal surgery.
After the incident, the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) launched an investigation into what happened, and Warner Bros. TV has been cooperating with their efforts. "A valued member of the Batwoman production team was recently injured during the preparation of a filming location in Vancouver," the studio said in a statement to Deadline. "Our thoughts are with her for a speedy recovery. We are working closely with WorkSafeBC to provide any and all requested information. We continue to work to protect the health and safety of all our crews, casts and employees."
At this time, it's difficult to fully gauge the extent of Smith's injuries, and only after significant therapy will we know if her spinal surgery was successful. As of now, Smith cannot walk and can't feel anything from the waist down. Still, her friends and family are hoping Smith will one day regain the sensation in her legs with time and rehabilitation. In any case, she will have a long and difficult road ahead of her, and hopefully gaining some monetary support to help eliminate the potential stress with her finances will aid Smith greatly with her recovery.
Premiering last year, Batwoman star Ruby Rose as Kate Kane - Gotham City's newest superhero following in the footsteps of Batman three years after the Dark Knight has disappeared. Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Elizabeth Answels, and Dougray Scott also star. In January, the CW put in the order for a second season of the series. Smith had been working on the remaining episodes for the show's first season when the accident occurred, as the show's freshman season was set to end in the summer of this year.
As noted on the GoFundMe page, Amanda is now "unable to work for the foreseeable future and she needs our help to make ends meet until she settles." As of this writing, Smith's GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $80,000 of its $100,000 goal. If you have anything to spare, consider chipping in to help Smith out at this very difficult time. We offer Smith the very best of luck with her recovery, and let's hope the support from her friends, colleagues, and Batwoman fans can help lift her spirits moving forward. You can read more about the incident and donate to the cause by heading over to GoFundMe. This news comes to us from Deadline.