Soap Star Nathaniel Marston in Critical Condition Following Car Crash, Could Be Paralyzed

by Alex Ungerman 5:33 PM PST, November 02, 2015
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Nathaniel Marston, former star of One Life to Live, appears to be fighting for his life following a horrific car accident.

The 40-year-old soap star's mother, Elizabeth Jackson, has been posting updates of her son's condition to her Facebook page. Jackson wrote in her initial post on Saturday, "Please pray for my son Nathaniel Marston.. He was in a car accident last night and is in the intensive care on life support. Back and neck broken in several places.Other internal injuries.Please pray that he will recover and walk again."

The Nevada Highway Patrol confirms to ET they responded to a single vehicle collusion on Oct. 30, at 9:10 p.m. According to a preliminary crash investigation, Marston was traveling southbound on SR447 in a blue 1985 Ford F-150 pickup, "when he allowed the truck to drift across the northbound travel lane and enter the east dirt shoulder. The vehicle then rotated and overturned multiple times. The vehicle came to rest on the west side of SR447 on its wheels facing west. Marston was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle during the course of the crash."

His mother later wrote in another Facebook update that police told her Marston was sober at the time of the accident, and had sustained a broken and fractured neck, broken shoulder, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. "Please pray for him," she wrote.

The upsetting news continued early into Sunday morning, when Jackson shared what Marston's doctor allegedly told her. "In all likelihood, if he lives, he will be paralyzed from the neck down and will not breathe without a ventilator machine," she relayed.

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"Oh my God please give me strength," Jackson wrote.

On Monday, however, Jackson said that Marston was able to communicate, and "is not going to give up without a fight."

"He is going into surgery at 3:00 this afternoon. The goal is to get him breathing on his own," she said in her latest update. "The doctor said that there is a good chance that he will recover the use of upper body movement and a slim chance that he will walk again."

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"Recovery will take two or more years but, where there is life there is hope. Nate has never walked away from a fight and he is determined to win this one," Jackson said.

Marston appeared starred as Michael McBain on One Life to Live, which is no longer on the air, from 2001-07.