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Mariska Hargitay's Toughness Stunned Medics

March 22, 2010 (7:33 am) GMT
Having a collapsed lung during a stunt in her TV series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and checking months later, Mariska Hargitay has stunned medics as she was walking.
Mariska Hargitay

"" star stunned medics when she was diagnosed with a collapsed lung in 2009 - they couldn't believe she was walking. The actress landed awkwardly while performing a stunt on the hit cop drama and when the pain didn't let up she decided to have it checked - months later.

The diagnosis forced her to pull out of shooting for weeks, prompting TV bosses to film the show around her absence. She says, "I thought it was a pulled rib. I'm pretty tough. When I couldn't breathe anymore, I got an X-ray, and they couldn't believe I was walking."

The injury has prompted Hargitay to take more care on set. She tells WENN, "I was doing stunts when I was pregnant. I'd fall and jump on guys. Now there are scenes when I have to run, and I'll only take a few steps. Everyone is super-careful of me."

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