Report: 'The Fighter's' Real-Life Mother Put on Life Support

8:55 PM PST 01/12/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke

Micky Ward rushed to Boston from promoting the film Wednesday after his mother, portrayed onscreen by Melissa Leo, went into cardiac arrest.

Alice Ward, the mother of The Fighter subject Micky Ward, was put on life support Wednesday after she suffered cardiac arrest and stopped breathing for more than half an hour, the Boston Globe reported.

The 80-year-old, portrayed by Melissa Leo in David O. Russell's Oscar-contending film as a tough-love parent, is said to be at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie, reportedly rushed to Boston from New York, where he was promoting the film, to be at his mother's side, along with his half-brother Dicky Eklund (played by Christian Bale) and their sisters.

Alice Ward, who used to manage her boxer son's career, reportedly has been having health problems for the past few years and on Wednesday regained consciousness and is able to speak.

"She was dead for almost an hour and today she's ... doing so well," the Globe quoted from an unidentified family member's Facebook post. "The nurse said she's never seen anything like this in the eight years she's been working (at the hospital.)"

Leo is nominated for her portrayal of Alice Ward and is a front-runner for an Oscar nomination.

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