"Literally a millimeter more and I would have been a paraplegic," she said. "They had to put a titanium plate in for my fourth vertebra. I have 10 screws and a rod in my neck now."
She is "back to her old self" -- putting in 18 hour days on the set of "Pepper Dennis," her WB sitcom with Rebecca Romijn -- Burns' friend and manager Barbara Stark told People.
"You would never know from seeing her now, except for the little scar on her neck," Stark said.
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