Ashley Judd survived a potentially fatal bout of appendicitis because she was filming in a hospital when she fell ill. The actress was shooting new movie Helen in Vancouver, Canada when an acute attack of the illness led to a collapse on set at Ridge Meadows Hospital on 25 November (07). Judd was immediately admitted to the same medical centre and underwent emergency surgery to remove her diseased appendix. A source tells the National Enquirer, "Luckily, the cast and crew were filming at a real hospital, so when paramedics arrived, they simply put Ashley on a stretcher and wheeled her into an operating room nearby." While Judd recovers, production on Helen has been halted.