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Head Injury: Natasha Richardson Dies After Skiing Accident

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2009

All day yesterday there had been speculation about the condition of actress Natasha Richardson, after she suffered a head injury while skiing on Monday. Sadly, her death has been confirmed in a written statement by a spokesperson for her family…

“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal, 13, and 12-year-old Daniel), and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” the statement said. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

The statement did not give details on the cause of death for Richardson, who suffered a head injury and fell on a beginner’s trail during a private ski lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. Seemingly fine after the fall, about an hour later she complained that she didn’t feel well. –read full AP article here

When my daughter first heard about this yesterday, she reminded me that we had watched Natasha Richardson in The Parent Trap not too long ago. She was a wonderful actress and my heart goes out to her family, especially her two children.

This is such a sad and tragic story. It’s hard to believe that this vibrant woman took a minor fall while enjoying a day of skiing, and ended up with a traumatic brain injury that took her life.

Sadly, this type of head injury is not as uncommon as you might think. According to the Brain Injury Association of America – about 1.4 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year, and about 50,000 of those people die.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is described as…

a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury
that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the
head result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from
“mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to
“severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after
the injury. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with
independent function.

Earlier today on Good Morning America a doctor explained how a seemingly minor fall could result in a life threatening brain injury.  See video clip here.

BlogHer contributing editor Debra Roby wrote about her personal experience with a misdiagnosed head injury at her blog A Stitich in Time.

Know the warning sings of Head Injuries – You should go to the hospital immediately if you have any of these signs…

* Numbness
* Excessive drowsiness
* Headache
* Weakness in your arms or legs
* Dizziness or loss of vision
* Slurred speech
* Loss of consciousness or confusion
* Vomiting or nausea

Cross Posted at BlogHer and Women4Hope

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3 Responses to “Head Injury: Natasha Richardson Dies After Skiing Accident”

  1. Jennifer Roland said

    This was such a scary accident–she seemed fine right after her fall. Thanks for sharing the warning signs–I hope it will help others get help in time.

  2. Joe said

    she will be missed; and our prayers go out to Liam Neeson

  3. Greg Moore said

    The first book of the Losing My Transmission trilogy introduces college student Terry Johnson in 1992, just before the events that alter his already distorted view on life caused by a traumatic brain injury from a car wreck.

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