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March 19, 2009

Answers in Natasha Richardson's Death (Yet Other Questions Remain

Posted: 05:39 PM ET

Tonight, New York City's Medical Examiner's Office ruled actress and mother of two Natasha Richardson's accidental death was caused by blunt impact to her head. So, what happened in the moments following her fall on a Canadian ski slope and why were paramedics, who, reportedly, arrived within minutes turned away?artrichardsongi1

Reporters and medical experts with the latest join Larry to talk about today's developments.

Then, how can you prevent a similar tragedy?  Would a helmet have helped?  What should you watch for if you or someone you love falls?  Our experts help you with the answers tonight!

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Meanwhile, tributes pour-in from Hollywood's elite.  "... She is irreplaceable in our lives; She gave us so much, so generously," said Meryl Streep.

"She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own," said Lindsay Lohan.

Regis Philbin said, "She was a lady.  I can't tell you enough what a good person she was ..."

Also on the program tonight: Mitt Romney!  His party's in turmoil...its leaders in question.  How would Mitt Romney handle the AIG mess and bring the Republican Party back from the brink?  He'll join Larry on set in L.A., to talk these and other topics.

It's all tonight on "Larry King Live," at 9 p.m., ET.

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Mariellen Baber   March 19th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

My love and hearfelt sympathy for "Beloved Natasha Richardson" to her husband Liam Nesson, sons and family for their loss! I am at a loss for words. I am/was a fan of both of them ... great actors. My heart goes to all of them.

My Warmest Regards and Love,

Mariellen Baber


Missy Cohen   March 19th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Cannot imagine how horrible it must be to have to take a loved one off of life support. I was wondering in the case of Natasha Richardson's death, was she an organ donor?


Morgan   March 19th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

With this latest tragedy, shouldn’t ski resorts be forced to have strict rules that beginners wear helmets? Makes sense to me that they should.


Tracy   March 19th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

I hope and pray parents aren't soon belittled and discouraged from seeking medical attention for their children who may suffer unprotected falls and injuries after this.


Julie   March 19th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

Tragic loss and ridiculous set of circumstances that bring us to this point. She should have been FORCED to go to the hospital immediately.


Don Welker   March 19th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

I ve had a broken neck and several concussions over the years from motorcycles and horses and not once was I allowed to get up and walk around. In fact they almost invariably imobilized me immedialely. I read where she was up and walking around. What a tragedy.


Diane Forrest   March 19th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

What a tragedy !!! I'd like to offer my deepest condolences to Natasha Richardson's family. Since Tuesday, I can't stop thinking about her, about her family. She was beautiful and very talented. What a loss !

What are the signs we should check when somebody falls and hit head ?


Unknown   March 19th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

This is so hard to believe that most people are dying from accidents that can happen to me in my home. A lot of people knew and loved Natasha Richardson. I just can't believe this


Katie   March 19th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

RIP beautiful inside and out

prayers to her familyy


Adriana   March 19th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Natasha will be greatly missed. She was a fantastic actress and will always be remembered.


angie   March 19th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

A beautiful lady gone before her time. Love and prayers to her family.


Laurie Stimley   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

We should not second guess her actions, yes we should wear helmets etc, but we all do these things thinking nothing could ever happen to us.. I pray for her children and husband now...


Warren Hollister   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Heaven's Angels – plus one. Earth's Angels now minus one. Even Heaven's Angels must be crying at this gain.

Heartfelt sympathy to Liam, their sons, and Vanessa Redgrave.


Lisa Hains   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Why didn't they operate?


Nancy Tracy   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Our family enjoyed her role so much in The Parent Trap. Her family is in our prayers at this sad, sad time.


Gentian   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

What a tragic loss and I was wondering if she was considered for organ donation?


GINNIE   March 19th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

So very sad about Natasha , she was so beautiful. My girls loved her as the mother in Parent Trap. Our thoughts and prayers to her family.


Stacy D   March 19th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

What a tragic loss. Our hearts go out to her boys, to Liam, to her family..God Blass you all.


Libby   March 19th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

May God be with her husband and boys during this diffucult time I feel so bad for the entire family.


Scott   March 19th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I'm so sorry for her family, and sorry too for all those who never got to see her unforgettable Sally Bowles.


Ivan Sanzana   March 19th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Larry,

Is it possible that the trip to New York may have had a role in the swelling of her brain?

Was she dead before her trip to New York?

Why would they fly her to New York in such grave state?

Thanks


Elizabeth   March 19th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I have heard there is a way to fall? Can someone on the panel address this, as how you can protect your head? So we could teach our kids?


Lika   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

This is such a tragic loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She was a very talented lady with a good heart. She will no doubt be missed.


Sharron   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

If this accident caused her death from such a small fall, why aren't there more deaths from boxers and wrestlers who are constantly being pounded in the head and thrown down on mats?


Jessica   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

She will be missed & my prayers for the repose of her soul. My question is why wasn't an emergency craniotomy done to evacuate the clot? It could have saved her life.....


Lorrie   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

What a beautiful person Natasha was. The love that her and Liam showed to each other looked very special. I feel so bad for Liam and the boys. They'll be in my prayers.


Ed   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Why did they spend time flying from Montreal to New York? Could the Canadian doctors not perform the necessary surgery


Marla Bluestone-Winters   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Natasha's passing is being handled with such grace which is such a tribute to such a graceful and beautiful soul; let Natasha rest in peace and may her family be comforted with lovely memories forever and always!


Susan - Canada   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Were her sons with her at the resort? And is it true, that she was on life support till she got to New York, so that her sons could say goodbye to her, before they removed her off the life support? If so, that would mean she died in Montreal and her sons followed them later on to New York?


Carol   March 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Such a tragedy. Should young soccer players be required to wear helmets? The "headers" they do in every game and at every practice can't be good for their still developing brains.


Stephanie   March 19th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

This is so sad. My deepest sympathy to Natasha's family. I am keeping them in my prayers during this time of grief.


Felicia from Texas   March 19th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

My heart broke for her children when I heard the news. I pray for her family to have the strength to deal with their loss, especially for them. I hope they know millions of people around the world are praying for them and share in their grief. May she rest in peace.


Kathy Brown   March 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My heart is broken by this tragedy. All my deepest sympathy to Liam and their boys..she was so special and will be deeply missed.


carol   March 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with her husband, mother, and her young boys.


Regina (Austin ,Texas   March 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My heart and prayers go out to the family of Niam. What a beautiful family. just to be in Hollywood and all the drama, they made a life together and a family and stuck with it. Such love and devotion to each other and there beautiful children. I wish them strength and peace , although time heals, this tragic accident is understanding to what they feel... devastation and shock. My prayers are with the family. MY Deepest sympathy, Regina


Kathy   March 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am so sorry for Liam, his sons and family for their loss. i know how painful loss is. My mom just died March 6th. My prayers are with the whole family. God Bless!


rena michaud   March 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

my prayers go out to miss richardson's husband and sons and her mother, ms redgrave.


juliettejanuary   March 19th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The great sorrow felt with the death of a loved one is only helped by knowing we are united again in Heaven, always go to Jesus and his mother , Mary, and they will fill your hearts and help your grief.


mary narkiewicz   March 19th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Condolences to the family..

So many people , including myself, have prayed for you all, and for Natasha.
Please know thousands and thousands of people are thinking of you and praying for you all.
Thank you Larry for this show.

What a wonderful person she was.. She will live on in our hearts and minds..


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 19th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Good evening. Very sad about Natasha Richardson’s. I suspect she must have a pre-existing condition


Lisa Brown   March 19th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My prayers and thoughts are with Natasha and her family.
Take a look into the night sky and the brightest star is Natasha shining her light on her family.
Lisa


Elena   March 19th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My prayer is that through this sadness and tragedy her family would sense and feel Gods love to comfort them.


Karen Procter   March 19th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My son, Dr. Levi Procter, is a third year resident in trauma surgery at the University of Kentucky. His facebook intro has always been: Wear your seatbelt. Wear your helmet. Avoid the trauma bay! Natasha Richardson's death is a tragedy.


Matt K   March 19th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Larry briefly mentioned it, but it's important to remember Ron Silver as well. He's another incredible Broadway actor who recently passed away. The best wishes to his friends and family.


Karen   March 19th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Natasha's death is such a tragedy. My heart goes out to Liam & her children and family. In every picture you see of Natasha and Liam together they appear to simply adore each other. How sad she will not be here to share the rest of their lives together. She was simply beautiful!


Lisa Hains   March 19th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Why didn't they operate to relieve pressure??


dawnalee   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

my heart is heavy with the news of Natasha's sudden passing. She was a brilliant actress and my thoughts and prayers are with her family as they try to get thru this tragic time

vancouver,bc


kathie denomy   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

i've skiied that hill at Tremblant many times -it is not an intimidating hill so I understand why Natasha refused to wear a helmut -I didn't either but will now-my heart goes out to her husband and sons


Donna   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I was heartbroken to hear about Natasha – as a Brain Injury Survivor I was praying so hard for her recovery. Ironically, March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and I hope this tragic event will help raise awarenesss. 50,000 people die of a brain injury each year and 1.5 million Americans are diagnoised with a brain injury each year. People need to be aware of the causes of a brain injury as well as ways to prevent them. We should be wearing helmets for many sports, bicycles, etc. We should be wearing seatbels – but most of all if we do have a trauma to our head – seek proper medical attention. Learn and understand the signs. No concussion or trauma to our heads is to be taken lightly. I am blessed to have fully recovered from a traumatic brain injury and am determined to raise awareness. We pray for Liam and his family during this time.


Boots   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Yes, I think they should require helmets to be worn, especially for "beginners" or "bunny slopes". They should make it a legal obligation that after any type of head injury that they cannot sign away the care that they need to seek, only after they have gonbe to ER after head injury. They are the professionals, they know and see what happens on those slopes every day, she was a novice, she didn't know, that's what we look to them for. I think they are neglegent even though she signed something. She was under duress. Does not a head injury qualify as being under duress or not thinking clearly?? Well it should be. They should require attention for any type of head injury.


Pamela Viscarra   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Natasha Richardson. She was well respected not only because of her acting but she was a "real" mom to her children. I know that the decision to take her off of life support was not an easy one but one that needed to be made. I have worked with children that has had traumatic brain injuries and am currently taking classes for a masters to teach these students.

Love, Thoughts, and Prayers,


Gina Johnson   March 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I am so sad today. A life taken way to soon. I want to send my prayers out to Liam and the boys.


Jamila   March 19th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

God bless her beautiful family. You are in my prayers, Vanessa.


andie   March 19th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

i'm so sad,i liked her so much however she was very talented


Katrina Ross   March 19th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

For the neurosurgeon: Could there have been some underlying condition that made a seemingly minor fall so devastating?
If Natasha Richardson was a smoker, could this have played any role at all in the development of the subdural hematoma?
(Hope I got that medical term correct)


Linda   March 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I fell on a sidewalk in New York face first. I went to the ER, they stitched up my eyebrow and never bothered with a CAT scan. A month later, with a nose that wouldn't stop running like a trickle of water, I went to a doctor who immediately sent me to a neurologist. Turns out I was leaking spinal fluid and could die of spinal meningitis within hours if surgery was not done to repair my smashed in cerebral spinal fluid.
My warning – demand a CAT scan after any serious fall and should your nose start leaking what appears to be water RUN to the ER and demand a test for spinal fluid leakage. It only takes minutes and can save your life.


Wilma   March 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am just so heart broken for this family, death is hard anytime, but expecially so when its so unexpected and for someone so young.


katy   March 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

my thoughts are with the family. Our community has suffered the same loss yesterday. Two women were walking on a beach in Barbados and were clubbed over the head. One survived and the other died in hospital in Ottawa Canada weeks after the assault.
Terry Schwartzfeld was president of Haddasah in Ottawa. She will be missed.


Chris Astoyan   March 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

If she fell on a different side of the brain, will the outcome be different?


Kay   March 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

There is a brighter star shinning in the sky. God Bless her family and give them the strength they need to get through this tragedy.


connie   March 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

absolutely tragic. Helmets should be mandatory, especially on motorcyles. That one baffles me


Joanie   March 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

My heart is broken for the family and friends of such a beautiful woman inside and out. I loved her in her films and as a role model for charity her smile could light up a dark room. My prayers are with you.
Note: I fell several weeks ago and hit my head on concrete had similar symptoms but did not have a scan done. I am still having headaches and some pain on my head I called my doctor today and
I am going in.


Connie   March 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Natasha was a great actress. Gone way to soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be deeply missed.


Mindy   March 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I just had to come on here to express my heartfelt sympathy for Liam Neeson and his two sons. I am absolutely devastated by the death of their dear Natasha. To see a beautiful, talented, lovely woman taken so suddenly in the prime of her life, is overwhelming.

My prayers and thoughts go out to her husband, sons, mother, sister and all of her friends. The tributes pouring in attest to the fact that she was greatly loved and admired by many.


aileen kilfeather   March 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Ms. Richardson was in Canada – does the limited CT Scan & MRI availability under the Canadian system & their E.R. waiting times
have any impact in Ms. Richardson's case? The average Canadian has long waiting times.


Sara St-Denis   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hi,

I wanted to know where I can send something to the family. I am an artist and I drew a beautiful portrait of Natasha Richardson want to send it to the family would love the address of where I can send it to them..

Want to be able to send something to help them threw this difficult time..

I will miss her so much and by this drawing I will never forget her

Lv Sara xo


Laura   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I thought Maureen O'Hara ruled as the mom in Parent Trap, until I saw Natasha. She is burned in my memory.


Galen E. Price   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

My heart goes out to liam and his son's on the tragic death of his beautiful and talented wife . I feel compelled to ask this question. Would she have had a better possibility of recovery if she had have been taken immediately to the Monttreal Nuero Centre which is supposed to be one of the best in the world. Thank-you.


Andy Heller   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are for the family of Natasha Richardson. Not only was she a talented actress, but she will be remembered by family, friends and fans as a good person and a example of a wonderful wife and mother. She will be missed.


Barbara Stonnell   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

This is a good case against socialized medicine! Had this happened in the states, she would have been taken to a hospital immediately, they would have insisted, and she would have been seened and handled right away....


melanie   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

My Prayers go out to the children and her husband from my heart to God's ears!!!I will pray you find peace
Sincerely, melanie lane


Deirdre   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I feel such profound sadness about Natasha's death, and I didn't even know her. Imagine how Liam and the boys must feel.


Kathleen   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Why didn't Natasha Richardson receive emergency surgery at Sacre-Coeur hospital in Canada?Perhaps she could have been saved.


Norma   March 19th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I think it's easy to say you should force someone to seek medical attention, but the fact is, accidents happen every day and a person can choose not to go to the hospital. I was involved in a car accident and waived any further medical attention than was on the scene. In regard to Natasha Richardson, years ago I saw her picture in a magazine and thought, who is that beautiful lady? What a class act and she lived her life so well.


Gerri   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Such a great loss. As a former ER nurse it's hard to imagine that a minor accident could result this way. Great talent lost. My prayers are with the family.


Stuart Howard   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I'm heartbroken. Such a loss for the theatre, the cinema, and of course her family. The world can ill afford to lose a luminous talent with so much still to share.


Mari-Ann O'Malley   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

My family are still in shock: this happened to my brother just last month & he died.

What is the difference between a Epidural & Subdural Hematoma?


Hogan family   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Our deepest condolences go out to Natasha's family and friends.
The world has lost one of its greatest talents as well as a human being. Such a senseless tragedy.


Maralyn Master   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Natasha Richardson was beloved by all, and my heart goes
out to the family. My question is, why couldn't a New York City
hospital save her.


Renee Brown   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

This is truly a tragic accident, my heart goes out to her husband, sons, and most of all her mother. There is nothing worse then losing a child, it's not the natural course of life. God Bless today and always.


Debbie H.   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

What a wonderful actress and a beautiful woman inside and out. My sincerest condolences to Natasha’s husband, sons, mother and sister; may you hold a piece of her in your hearts for ever.


J Logan   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

God only take angels. Natasha is in heaven and would not come back even if she could.
God bless her family.


deborah johnson   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I loved Natasha as an actress, I wished she had gone to get the attention of a doctor. I am praying for her husband and two children. They have a long recovery ahead.


Tina   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I just want to say Im so sorry and my prayers are with the family. I would like the Doctors on your show though to stress the importance of children and people wearing helmets even though rare. A young boy in our area died years back in the same way. I remember reading in the paper, it was heartbreaking. He apparently fell and hit his head while riding his bike, felt fine, rode home the paper said, then hours later told his Father he was very sick and died the next day, the same way. So sad, It may be rare, but it does happen.
One other question I am really curious to know and hopefully someone can answer, with hers being so quick, I mean within an hour, it seems like nothing would have helped, is this time correct??


sue ginter   March 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I am so sad for Liam and especially their sons may they somehow be consoled. My prayers are with them & her Mother.


Ashley Kerr   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

We are sorry to hear about the death of Natasha. My daughter grew up with watching her as the mom on "Parent Trap". She was such a beautiful woman and the same age as myself and from England. Please make it mandatory for any age to wear helmets for skiing because our children go on school trips. Our prayers are with you always.


lance cheshire   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Did the family of Natasha donate her organs to save other peoples lives-if they did it would help organ donation and have something positive come out of her death...I am an organ doner....


Angela   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

There are no words to express how sorry I am. My heart and prayers go out to Liam and sons,mother and extended family.


Marty   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

My 17 year old son is in Big Sky snowboarding as I type. 2 Years ago he was snowboarding and hit his head and was knocked out. The doctors at the local resort said he was lucky he was wearing a helmet which I require. Helmets work!!!


Lee   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Given the autopsy results, would it have made a difference if she was taken to the hospital directly after the fall?


Lesley in Vancouver, Canada   March 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

There was some comment about helmets not being common among adults by your American guests. At Whistler most adults wear helmets. The Natasha Richardson story is very tragic.


Tamra   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

May God comfort the hearts of the family of Natasha Richardson.


Terry   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I think the reason Natasha Richardson's death has touched us (almost as if she were a family member) is because she and Liam Neeson lived their marriage without a hint of scandal but rather with grace and dignity. My sincere condolences to her husband and sons, mother and sister, and to all who loved her. In the word of the Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be at your back.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Rest in His peace, Natasha.


Michelle   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Very tragic and stunning news. Natasha was a wonderful actress and shared her talent with us to remember by. My heartfelt sympathies to the family.


JC   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I am at a loss for words..What a beautiful, elegant, gracious lady Natasha is..My heart is heavy and my heart goes out to her husband and sons, her mother, her sister, and all of her family and friends....Heaven has another Angel! God Speed Natasha!
Clemmons, NC


julia   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

loosing a loved one is very hard to describe, I lost a child the pain never goes away, my heart and prayers go out to the family, don't keep the pain so private, it never helps... talk about it and take your time to grieve


Hilary   March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

We have learned so much from this tragic accident. i too had a ski accident and tried to wave away the paramedics, fortunately for me, they didn't listen.


Victoria Hazel   March 19th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Natasha Richardon's passing is unbelievably sad. She was part of a wonderful fairy tale, happily ever after world like " The Parent Trap" or even "The White Countess" a brilliant actress, totally real "duchess" in Dutchess County.


Sandy   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I agree wholeheartedly on the resort or golf course taking or requiring a person with a head injury be examined at a hospital. My husband was hit just above the temple with a golf ball 2 years ago and the course allowed him to make the decision about being examined. He chose not to go, but was groggy at home and by early morning too dizzy to walk and blurred vision – and taken only then to the hospital emergency room with a concussion. The injured should not be the one making this decision!


Rachel Hayes   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

My deepest prayers go to her children – I was about thirteen when I lost my mum. Losing a parent that young is probably the most painful thing that can happen to you. But honestly, why was that woman not wearing a helmet, protecting herself and setting a good example for her children? What was she thinking? Plus, I think she should have gotten medical attention much faster than she did. Her death was the result of a series of unfortunate mistakes if you ask me.


M. K. Soboleski   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

The passing of such an exceptional person as Natasha Richardson is so hard to realize..Our souls are saddened..Our hearts are aching ,for
all who were close to her and to those whose lives she touched.Her loved ones are in our prayers..


Theresa   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I did not know Natasha but I cried as I felt that she was a human being and her sense of beauty came through. She did not have to be my friend or neighbor or relative, she was a genuine natural beautiful person. My wishes for strength to get through this ordeal goes to her family.


Christine   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

As noted on Campbell Brown's show just before Larry King's show tonight – paramedics present when Natasha Richardson returned to her hotel were "not allowed access to her to give her the medical check up they felt was essential". Her entourage stopped access. This is tragic. Had she been encouraged to go to hospital, locally, and have a CT scan, blood leaking would have been immediately noted and seen on the scan. It was a preventable loss.

As the doctors noted tonight on Larry King she probably did have symptoms immediately and didn't want to make a fuss. Her entourage should not have interferred. This was too critical to leave alone.


Rebecca Woods   March 19th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

This is such a traggic loss; she was a great talent and loved by so
many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be greatly
missed.


Sue   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Looking at pictures of Liam and Natasha, you just know they were meant for each other. Their life together was short, too short but they were blessed. Some people will never experience one day of that kind of love. I hope that brings comfort to the Liam Neeson and their sons.


Julie Breur   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am so sad about Natasha Richardson. Idid see Natasha was smoking while on a movie set in a clip one of the stations was running on her yesterday. If she was a smoker would have added to any blood vessel trauma she experienced?


Debi   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

She's with the angels now...it's her family here on earth that we need to embrace now.


linda mullin   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

wow, just two weeks ago my 18 year old son fell on the ski hill and hit his head really hard, so hard he was convinced to wear a helmet...then just last week i fell off my horse while jumping and slammed my head really hard on the ground, thank God for my helmet... i believe it saved my life...so sad about the lose of this beautiful women. Linda Mullin


Dimitri   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

A tragedy to undoubtably befall any family... It greatly disappoints me that because of your evident love affair with Hollywood you are afraid to unequivocally state that she SHOULD HAVE BEEN WEARING A HELMET!!


Branka   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Such tragedy that shouldn't have happened!!
My heart goes to the family,losing a wonderful actress a wife and a mother to two young sons...may Natasha rest in peace!
She'll be missed!!


delilah   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Why didn't the canadian hospital do a cat scan as soon as she arrived? Would that have ultimately saved her life by finding the bleeding sooner and treating immediately?


jean   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. being married for 15 years you were an example of what love and family is. thank you.


Kathy Boone   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

My deepest sympathy to Liam, their boys and to the entire family. Natasha was so beautiful on screen and off. She was an actress that I would have been honored to meet. May God comfort the family and know that she will always be with us in our hearts.


Catherine M. Blagg   March 19th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

My sincere condolences to Natasha Richardson's family.
I know your pain first hand. Ten years ago this week my husband died from an subdural hematoma after suffering severe head injuries in a fall. The neurosurgery could not stop the bleeding and he died 18 hours later after suffering a herniation of the brain.
Parents and children, please wear helmets when you are participating in extreme sports like skiing, bicycling, snowboarding, etc.


Leanna   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It is amazing when you grow up watching someone as wonderful as her and her acting, and when they are gone how you feel. I came home from work last night and saw that she had passed away, and sat and just cried. I have always enjoyed her and her husband Liam's work and my heart goes out to the. May the public let the family grieve for this tragic loss in peace, my thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.


James   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

i thought the family asked for privacy?
this is privacy? Have some respect for once Mr. King!!!


sandra   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

please accept my deepest sympathy .my father was dropped in a nursing home on his head.he started out with the headaches went into a coma and later died .the doctors told us it was a brain bleed and there was no hope in recovery.


Karen Hemming   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I was a pediatric nurse for many years and had a pre-teen boy trip over the net after playing tennis. Mom brought him in and the doctor checked him out thoroughly and then sent him home. About a hour later, Mom called saying that her son was acting strangely so I told her to bring him back right away. There was a huge difference in his condition and I literally ran with him in a wheelchair across the street to the hospital where staff was waiting to do a CT scan.

Sure enough there was a bleed and he went immediately to surgery.
Fortunately, our young patient did well. I truly wish for helmets in all sports including surfing as that is another story with a sad ending.


cheddae   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

My heart goes out to her family and friends.

For a Skiing lesson, they shall always allow helmets to be worn. If Natasha was wearing a helmet she might not have died.


Carroll   March 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The world has lost a beautiful soul.


Judy Taylor   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Many thoughts and condolences to the Redgrave family as well as to Natasha's husband and children...A terrible accident. We will all miss this wonderful woman....


Natalie   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I love the movie The Parent Trap and Natasha did a great job in that movie. I heard the news on the radio this morning and throughout the day still didn't beleive it. My sister doesnt like wearing a helmet skiing but now she feels that she neeeds one after this tragic death.
I just wanna say to her family that they are in my prayers and have had a big loss. I feel so sorry for them and I know what it is like to lose a friend. I have experianced the pain of shock. It hurts.
Natasha, you have left this world but you will never leave our hearts.


Nancy   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Having lived through taking both my mother and brother off of life support, my brother due to an AVM I certainly understand the sudden loss the family is going through now and will in the future. Although Natasha was a wonderful actress and a celebrity, the families loss of a mother and wife, sister, daughter etc is the only issue and what they are experiencing is heartfelt for me.

Even with an AVM exploding in my brothers head while he just started a moto GP race, he was able to get off his bike without accident and quickly lapsed into a coma. He had headaches before this and having migraines myself how can one ever really know quickly enough when that 'headache' warrants a life saving surgery. I hope the tabloids back off of this story and RESPECT their privacy, if only to lessen their pain some.

Please do not publish my email address, thanks.


Carol   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am heartbroken over the death of Natasha Richardson. She was beautiful inside and out. Her family is in my prayers.


Gino Blass   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I just want to wish the family all the best. It is really amazing that we become attached to people we may not know. For me, this confirms that we are all connected. So much so, that when they suffer a loss, we feel it. Although I didn't personally know Natasha or her family, through the wonderful media they ( her and her husband) became part of me. Their talented work in society touched me and I take them with me on my journey through life. Thank you for touching my life with your talents. I feel like a part of me has been taken away. I sense that she was a wonderful person. Stay Strong Liam. When you laugh I laugh, when you mourn I mourn. All the very best to you and your family...and my condolences..


christine   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

My family was skiing at Tremblent this week for march break. My 16 year old son, is an avid skier and was on the beginnr slope because he is learning to snowboard. To the comment that she should have been forced to go to the hospital – He saw Natasha fall – he said mom I saw her fall and didn't even stop because it was such a small silly fall. He always stops to offer assistance when he sees people fall. He finds it hard to beleive she could have died from this fall. He did make comment that she wasn't wearing a hemet – and should have been. It may have been a life safing difference.


Linda D   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

We lost one of our BRIGHTEST STARS on Braodway, who is now in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.


Diane Forrest   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Do you know why she has been transferred from Laurentien Hospital to Sacré-Coeur Hospital ? Is it because they had no resources at Laurentien Hospital ??? Time was important....


jane   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am furious that the ski instructor did not have Natasha wear a helmet. She was taking lessons for heavens sake. The resort should bear some sort of responsibility.


Katy Bowman   March 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Hearing about Natasha Richardson's death may explain what happened to my mother -in-law. She was elderly and had several falls during the last year of her life. She never broke any bones though. But during the very last fall she had, she had trouble getting up. She mentioned to the ER doctor hearing a crunch sound as she hit her head. They did a MRI she was conversing just fine before the MRI. After her MRI it was as if her brain went haywire. She was admitted for observation and things went from bad to worse. She lost the ability to feed herself developed infections, was bounced back and forth from nursing home to hospital. A month later she wound up in hospice then was dead 2 weeks later.


Kym Calway   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I can't describe, how this has made me feel, like I personally knew her She was not only talented, but truly seemed like a beautiful person.I am so sad for Liam, the boys and her family..She will truly be missed and the family has their Special Angel to look out for them.


carol kaplan   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I am a cancer patient whose family abandoned me to be alone upon my cancer diagnosis.
When I heard of Natasha Richardson's tragic death I thought: If G-d was asking for a hand count I would have gladly put mine up and asked to be taken in her place. She was young, had a family who loved her and needed her. I am so very sorry for her grieved family. Life is not fair nor just.

C. Kaplan
Rochester Hills MI


jamie chung   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

im so heart broken to hear the lost of a wonderful woman.
my heart goes to the husband and two kids, as well as family ,friends
im young but loved alot about her including her movies she played she was dam good at it. she died so young, she will never be forgotten.

my warmest thoughts;;
jamie


Chris   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

In shock just like anyone and everyone.


christie Lumb   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers go out to Natasha's family and friends. Too often people are hesitant to seek medical attention because they feel it is not necessary. As the saying goes "rather be safe than sorry." Oh how I wish this was the case for Naatasha. I pray for her husband and sons.


Kathy Haack   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I want parents to know that as truly tragic as this accident was, there is no need to panic every time your child hurts their head. When I was 5 yrs old, I was in a sledding accident where I hit my head on a cement post and suffered a subdural hematoma. Fortunately for me, my skull had fractured, giving my brain a chance to swell and not be "crushed" as Dr. Stork described. Although the doctors told my parents that if I even survived this accident, to plan on constant care for me because I would be in a wheelchair as a vegetable for the rest of my life.
Well, I am currently 41 and have never needed a wheelchair! Point is, all accidents are different. You or your child CAN indeed survive them.


charles black   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I just want to let the family know my prayers are with them. Carlo, her brother directed me in his NYU senior thesis "Larry's Visit" a few years back. Working with him I know how special his family is. I have admired the work of all of them. I hope they realize the good they are seeing reflected from the warm things said about their very special sister, they are all special and we wish them healing and comfort. So to Liam, the boys, Carlo, Jenny, and everyone else in the clan,may God bless you, keep you and know that you are loved by all of us. Sincerely, Charles Black.


alex   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

great actress ..i loved her work i will miss her


Michele   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Thoughts and prayers are with Neilson/Richardson Families


Mitch (Toronto, Canada)   March 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

...And yes, I feel sorry for the family too. ...but questions still remain, as casted by the LKL Blog Headline ...questions that can't be answered by ET Anchors.


Kathie   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I am full of sorrow at the passing of Natasha Richardson, but, they say that when you die, it's not what you take with you but what you leave behind. And she left so much behind...as evidenced by the loss everyone, even the common people, feel. Natasha and her family are all in my prayers


Pamela   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Did transporting Natasha by air from Montreal to NY contribute to her death? I'm wondering if the time and that movement (at altitude) affected pressure in her brain and subsequent demise?


Michael P. Keegan   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Dear sympathy during this tragic time.


connie   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

no-one can force you to seek medical attention. she signed a release form stating she refused treatment. We cant blame the Canadian system, which is very good by the way. We have no info as to what was, wasnt done once she was admitted so why make the assumptions a Canadian hospital would not perform the necessary scans? Everything that could have been done, was most likely followed. Its a shame she refused the first ambulance as i believe it would have saved her. Again, as individuals, we have the right to choose or refuse any such treatment. This in the end was a tragic mistake, but many others fall and have no issues after the fact.


Mary Beth   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I am hopeful that her sons do not blame themselves for their mothers death. If she was learning to ski it was probably somewhat at their request possibly a little teasing. I am 48 and five years ago my children chided me into learning how snowboard and I also hit me head very hard on the bunny hill. I was wearing a helmet and now I believe that may have saved my life. My children would have been devastated if I had been injured due to their teasing and challenge.


Liz Hahn   March 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

She was the type of old Hollywood actress that is dwindling. What a beautiful, extremely talented creature. My heart and prayers go out to her husband, children and family during this incredibly devastating time. She will be missed.


Michael P. Keegan   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Deep sympathy during this tragic time.


Lois   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I realize that people die in the United States with swelling of the brain. I understand that there is a country or two that can make people survive by either opening the skull or inserting a syringe of something in the brain to reduce the swelling immediately. They say people have survived but not in the states, because are doctors won't do it.


melissa   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

She was such a great actress!She was such a beautiful and talented woman. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.


Penny Mills   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Dear Larry. Your esteemed doctors are talking about what they know.....the most serious consequences of head injuries. There are legions of us who left our hospital E.R. without the severe symptoms, but who found in the following days, months and years that our lives have been changed forever in many and diverse ways. The effects of so-called 'mild" head injury is not so much ignored by most of the medical profession, they are unknown. Many suffering the cognitive or physical changes are dismissed by their doctors as the symptoms being "all in their head". I was lucky my doctor knew. While many people may recover completely, many don't. Wear a helmet? You bet!


Sheila   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

There are many armchair MD's here. Unfortunately you cannot force someone to receive medical care is they chose not to have it.
This was a tragic accident. Why is it that we always feel better when we can blame someone?
My sincerest condolences to her family. Natasha Richardson was one of the classiest actresses of our time.


Paula from Atlanta   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

One of the few actors in our nation that portrayed class, brilliance & warmth. Natasha with Liam displayed that "Hollywood" can live normal & be happy raising a healthy family while in the spot light. A task that alot of actors should take note of. They were both inspiration to everyone.... It's so sad that such happy people have to live out such a devastating loss. My heart aches for the Neeson family.... God help them.... Natasha's passing is everyone's loss... What a sad, sad day.


Yvonne Pelino   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Natasha Richardson was one of my favorite actresses. I watched Parent Trap more times than I can count. I always imagened she was as sweet and genuine in real life as she was in that movie. My sincerest condolences to Liam and her family! Heaven has a new angel.


Rosemarie Moreno   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Natasha was very helpful with raising money for the Women's Metabolic Diseases Fund at the Columbia University Medical Center here in NY. Back in 2006, she raised $300,000 for research at our Benefit in NYC. It would be fitting to have donations from fans go to to this project of hers.

Rosemarie Moreno
New York City


Maggie   March 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

She made watching movies worth while. Lovely lady. I pray her family will one day believe her death might just possibly be responsible for saving lives. Helmets must be required. Tragic, unnecessary loss.


Kristina   March 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I was and still am at Tremblant. Monday was gorgeous and sunny and no would have wanted to wear a helmet, but I did. That day, I too fell and hit the back of my head. I skied past Ms. Richardson on the way back k down Nansen.

Every beginner should be required to wear a helmet because they are the ones who fall the most.

My heart goes out to her for making a different decision than I did Monday.


Rich   March 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Mitt Romney should not worry about President Obama being on the tonight show.........If the former governor is serious about the economy he would have his former company Bain Capital "buy out" General Motors, Ford or Chrysler!! That is what is called "capitalism".


Ron Moton   March 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

How come boxers don't suffer from the same sort of thing. Football players wear helmets but take some serious hits to the head. Point being you really don't hear about these type injuies. You hearsbot concussions more oftenthan these hematomas.


Donna Gallardo   March 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

All my prayers to Ms. Richardson's family. The brain surgeon, Niel Martin on the show today..saved my son dillon's life in "95. It was an 8 hour surgery and it was really great to see him. My son is a healthy 20 year old.


Mary Kathleen   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I only wish public comfort could assuage the private grief Mr. Neeson, his sons and Ms. RIchardson's natal family feel now. They've been given membership in the club of those whose lives are forever blighted by the premature loss of a wife, mother and daughter. She is the hub around which their lives revolve. May our prayers help carry them through this darkness to the light up ahead.


Jeannie   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hi Larry,I would like the neurosurgeons to answer my question
After Natasha was rushed to a Montreal hospital,why did the hospital release her and allow her to fly to New York??
Wouldnt the air pressure cause further damage to the brain.If there was a chance to save her wasnt moving the patient too risky or was it alraedy too late for the medical teams to help her??
Many Thanks
Jeannie


David   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Natasha Richardson's beauty will not die. Her soul shines through so apparently in her work, in her words. Her soul will live on in her sons, in her art and in all those whose lives she touched. Comfort and strength be with those who are suffering their loss...


Rena   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

God Bless her and the friends and family she leaves behind...

The focus has been on the fall and what can happen over the course of an hour (or two). Such a tragedy that the ambulance was turned away.

My husband took a fall and didn't get a CT scan for a couple of days. It didn't show anything. Over the next month he had horrible headaches and was told he was a big guy who took a hard fall...it'll take time. Then he had "stroke" symptoms and I took him to the ER. He had a slow-bleeding subdural hematoma that required immediate surgery. Afterwards, he went to rehab and had a stroke. He also continued to complain of worse headaches than before. None of the specialists said it could be a rebleed. Well, five weeks later he was not doing well so I took him to the ER again (he had been to various doctor appointments and ongoing rehab). His brain had been displaced 2" this time. so they had to do an emergency craniotomy. Again, rehab, strokes and "tia's". Thankfully over time, he recovered a good deal of his brain power (they didn't give him much hope, so he surprised them!)

I urge people to keep an eye on your loved ones if they take a fall and if they aren't acting like themselves, make them go to the ER.


Eric Allen ( Radio Personality)   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Monday morning quarterbacks will be express their views in the next few days , " How can we prevent a similar tragedy " Is the mind set we should learn from natasha accident. She was a role model in life and a teacher in passing .... God Speed Natasha


Lynn Gibson   March 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Tears well up ,,everytime I hear the mention of Natasha Richardson.It makes us all remember how precious life is ,,,What a great loss ,,she was so beautiful and talented.
If we all new that a tragedy was ahead of us ,we wouldnt leave our homes.Unfortunatly ,thats not how life is.
She will forever live on in her familys ,,and friends hearts.


Linda Sawyer   March 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

My condolences to the family of Natasha Richardson's family. My husband's co-worker passed of the same type of head trauma from the air bag exploding when her car was hit from behind. She died a few weeks later after not feeling good but no one scanned her head when she was treated after the accident. I guess it's worth mentioning that if in a car accident and you or a family member is hit hard insist that you get the cat scan of your head to rule out trauma. What is scarey is this is only going to happen if your insurance approves the much needed test and what if you don't have insurance?


lynn matthews   March 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

my deepest sympathy to all her loved ones, I wish them the best during this difficult time. I would like to know if she did have a C T of the head and if so why was the hematomia not evacuated, and lastly, why was she moved to another hospital, surely this used up a good deal of precious time. The evacuation of a cranial hematomia is something any competent neurosurgeon can do.


marlene showalter   March 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

i would like to give my condolences to natasha richardsons family & friends.a very sad tragedy. also i wanted to say i see comments that she should've been forced to seek medical care. my brother was a fireman for years & you cannot treat someone against their will regardless of the circumstances unless they are unconcious.most people would not have went to the e.r. from my understanding she had no signs of problems till later. my heart goes out to her husband & boys thank you


James   March 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

why would u not want liberal policies to succeed? that is the same as saying you hope obama fails.
these congressman and senators have got to go.
why is health care for all even an issue?


Patricia   March 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

My deepest sympathies to Mr. Neesom, their children, Ms Redgrave, Jolee Richardon, all those that have lost a part of their lives due to this tragedy and great loss. May blessings of peace, comfort and great love be theirs in abundance at this time.
My step dad died from a head injury after being in a coma for over 9 months. It was 5 hours after his fall for the bleeding to cause him to collapse. The hospital emergency kept him in the room for hours before he was given a CT scan, then rushed to a larger hospital for surgery to relieve the pressure. He never woke up. Even in the USA silly thing happen in emergency rooms. There is never a pat answer as to what should have been done. Perhaps because of who Ms. Richardson was something might have been done sooner had she gone to the hospital, perhaps not. I guess when it is our time to go, it happens. God has a very special person in his domain now. God bless all those who mourn her loss.


Anne Carroll   March 19th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My heart goes out to the family of Natasha Richardson. I lost my beloved partner and soul mate of 30 years to the same kind of injury one month ago. Like her he was fine for about 2 hours but went downhill quickly after that.I thought we would be together forever. Life is so precious and so short.But we are not promised tomorrow so we should cherish every day. I will keep the family in my prayers.
Thank you
Anne Carroll
Corinth.Ms


janis karber   March 19th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Me and my family want to send our condolences. We loved her sweet-ness and kind spirit in her movies. We all watched "Parent Trap" last night in her honor.


Mary in toronto   March 19th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I have not been able to stop thinking about this terrible tragedy...Deepest condolences to the family.


Lina Moore   March 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Deepest condolences to Natasha's husband, her two dear sons as well as her family and friends. She was a very unique and special person and will be sadly missed. We have lost a very talented actress and her memories are all we have to remember her by.
Her family are in our thoughts and prayers especially in the next week which will be so hard for the family. May God give them the strength they need at this sad time.
I'm sure Natasha is looking down on her family and helping them from heaven.


pamela white   March 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

My twin daughters watched Parent Trap over and over hoping to get their parents back together again. It worked!!! After eight years of being divorced we remarried and have been happily married for five years! WE LOVE YOU NATASHA!!! We will keep your family close to our hearts. Our daughters are 14 years old now and we will pray for your sons!
With deepest sympathy,
Pam W.


Sue   March 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Regarding Ms. Richardson: My beloved Aunt Betty died last summer of the exact same thing. She fell, hit her head on the patio and was rushed to the ER. A CT scan was immediately performed. Her prognosis was not good. They airlifted her to another specialized hospital where more CT scans were performed but within 2 hours she was brain dead due to a fractured skull and bleeding. There was nothing they could do due to the pressure and bleeding on her brain. Her death was quick and devastating for our family also so I can sympathize with Ms. Richardson's family.
My heart is broken all over again knowing that another family is going through this. May God bless them all.
Sue from PA


Debra   March 19th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

In Southern Ontario, Canada, this winter, there have been a few tragic accidents on ski hills. I am saddened each time someone dies, especially so young and full of life. Natasha was a rare beautiful gem.


sharon   March 19th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

my 23 year old son is a pro kick boxer and is suffering from a concussion right now from a blow to his head. i worry all the time about him being in this dangerous sport, and worry about the long term effects it can have on his brain.


Patience   March 19th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

This is such a tragic loss..my thoughts and prayers goes to the entire family especially her husband and the two boys..Natasha Richardson will be missed greatly ...i'm deeply saddened!


Rich   March 19th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh says "He wants President Obama to fail"!

Mitt Romney is going to run in 2012.........Hopefully he will spend the "other half" of his fortune that he spent on his 2008 campaign!!


Gaylene Johnson   March 19th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

To Liam Neeson and kids,
I wrote this poem I hope it helps your healing.
I AM STILL HERE
by gaylene johnson
For every step you take, I do.
For every smile you make, I do.
For every time you laugh, I do.
When I see you crying, I am still there to comfort you.
When you talk to me, I can still hear you.
My body may be gone, but my spirit lives on beside you.
I am still here.

I hope you can find some sort of comfort in these words. I know they have helped others when they lost a loved one.
My prayers are with you
Gaylene Johnson


Stephanie Ann Stevens   March 19th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

We extend our deepest sympathies to The families of Natasha Richardson, and Liam Neeson. This world will not be the same without the bright shining soul of the beautiful person of Natasha Richardson, who was a gifted actress and person inside and out.
She shone in the "Parent Trap" and the camera loved her in all of her roles.
We will not forget how you touched us in this world and we will miss you!
Sincerely,
Stephanie and Jack Stevens


donalda   March 19th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

nice hard working down to earth people like natasha go first it seems before people who do stupid things that attract attention.I am sorry that this happened to her, my regards to the family.


pat   March 19th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

some people just have a sweetness about them. that's how ms richardson came across.God's blessings on her entire family.


karen   March 19th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It is a sad loss to her family and friends.

But it is also important to listen to what the doctors on the show are saying and other medical specialist. To go the emergency department of your hospital every time you or your child bangs their head... the lineups will be out the door and down the street! Watch for the symptoms of nausea, confusion, unconciousness, etc before you go.


Honora Roe Carlin   March 19th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am so sad to hear of the death of one of the world's most powerful Actors of her generation! may she rest in Peace. And may her family continue to feel the love she had for them forever.


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

UGH AIG gives me indigestion


Patricia Coleman   March 19th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I’ve always admired Natasha & Liam’s marriage and family. They seemed so in love, and their marriage and family appeared to be the most important thing to them both. I was heartbroken to hear about this tragic accident and the loss of her life. My prayers are with Liam, their sons, and everyone else who loved and admired her.

Patty


Joel Feldstein   March 19th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I noted Mitt Romney complaining that President Obama should be worrying about the country's economic problems rather than appearing on the Tonight Show. Romney, and his fellow Republicans, aren't used to a President who can communicate effectively to all Americans through channels that reach vast numbers of people, or Presidents who can do more than one thing at a time. I'll take President Obama's optimism any day over the negativity Romney displays.


Debbi A.   March 19th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

What a tragegy of such a beautiful life. It feels like Princess Di all over again! Why do women feel like they need to be so brave all of the time? Enough already. We need to know when to "suck it up" and when not.

To her husband, sons, family and friends, you have lost a treasure, but you are so blessed to have had her. God be with you!


Artemis   March 19th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

What profound sadness this loss brings to all who were gifted with the opportunity to experience Natasha Richardson's pure and graceful brilliance as an actor and human being. Her work, her unquestionable talent, and the people and causes she embraced with great passion are evidence of the authenticity of character and the generosity of spirit and heart that she possessed. May her family find peace and solace in the knowledge that she lives on in her work and in the hearts of so many who experienced in some small way her unique and special presence.


Jayne Hilton   March 19th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Is this the same type of injury that claimed the life of commedian Steve Allen and nearly claimed the life of super model Nicky Taylor?


Carmen   March 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Is Mitt afraid of Rush Limbaugh too? Americans REALLY listen to that creature? TRAGIC!!!


Ellen Swanson   March 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Maybe people will start taking head injuries more seriously now.

I was lucky. When the train door hit me on the head and knocked me out, I was only out for seconds. However, when the EMT arrived ,he asked me: "What do you want to do?"

That question should have never been asked. When the EMTs put the waiver in front of my face, I decided I wanted to go to the ER. THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN MY CHOICE! JUST LIKE TREATMENT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN UP TO MS. RICHARDSON.


Jake H   March 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I was very deeply saddened by Natasha Richardson’s passing. When my daughters were young, we watched The Parent Trap together. I have fond memories of sharing that time with them, watching a great family movie. My daughters are grown up now, but the memories of that time linger. What a tremendous loss. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.


Tyler Durden   March 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I snowboard at Tremblant often. When I see someone without a helmet I see this same thing happening. Don't ever ski or snowboard without a helmet. Even tho it might mess up your hair ladies, or is not in fashion with that look which you think is far more important that your head. Think again!!!!! DON'T HIT THE SNOW WITHOUT A HELMET!!!!!!!!

Tyler
fight club leader and manager


nicholas   March 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The parent Trap was a favorite of mine and my children. May Ms. Richardson's family draw strength from God and each other.


Greg   March 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am the Director of Ski Patrol at ski area in Northern New Mexico. We are all taken back by any death that occurs at any ski area. The simple facts are that skiing like any sport is full of inherent risks that people take for granted. No one thinks that by putting on skies or a snowboard they will ever hit a tree, break a leg, dislocate their shoulder or hit their head but they do. We as emergency medical personnel face death and traumatic accidents everyday as well as put our lives in risk to try to make a difference with safety. The injury that Natasha sustained is not unusual in the ski industry. It is also an injury that could have occurred at any time and any place. She could have slipped in her bathroom or kitchen and had the same outcome.


Annette   March 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

There are not words to describe the moments Natasha's family are going through right now. Shock, desbelief but also tender moments where each one of her family and friends remembers a special time or, funny anecdote that they shared with her. Remember to celebrate her life. She accomplished her life purpose(and a joyful one!!) and now, her spirit is free. Thank you for sharing your talents and dreams with all of us.


Sherrie   March 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The enormity of the loss of Natasha Richardson is evident to everyone- those lucky enough to have known her, certainly, but also to the rest of us, who didn't. Her sincerity, love for her family and joy, honesty and what she gave us publicly in her talents will live on in the hearts of those who feel the pain of her loss.

May God bless Liam Neeson and their two beautiful sons, and indeed her sister, aunt and mother. I did have the pleasure of knowing briefly and professionally Lynn, who radiates their family's trait of true class. Deepest condolences.


Craig Simpson   March 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

My heartfelt condolences to her family. I have some idea of what they may be going through. My wife of 45 years passed away after a return of cancer on March 6th and I still look for her around every corner. I hope Ms. Richardson, like my wife, did not suffer much pain in her passing. The circumstances are always tragic when you lose a loved one. It is a blessing that Mr. Neeson has the support of family and friends to see him through this dark time.


Rich   March 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

You bet you appreciate it Mitt........we don't see any of your sons "serving" their country in our military!


Linda   March 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

My heart goes out to Natasha Richardon's family. I became a fan of Vanessa Redgraves's after I saw her in Camelot when I was 14 years old, and she has remained one of my favorite actress. I became a fan of Natasha's first because of her mom and then on her own merit as an actress. She was a wonderful actress, so natural and honest; just like her mother. We will really miss her. I am truly sorry for their pain.
Ms. Redgrave Please know that your fans are feeling this pain with you, maybe not as intense but we do feel it.
Linda


Linda   March 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

@ Carmen

It did seem like Mitt was afraid to make sure he only uttered the nicest things to say about Rush. Boy these guys(Rep) are so afraid of that guy. So busy kissing his you know what, in case he brings up their name. What have the Rep come to when a guy on the radio controls their every speech and comments.


Marv   March 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Wasn't AIG bonus negoiated before bailout money was distributed?


Rosemarie Moreno   March 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry:

Not sure if this posted earlier....Natasha was very influential in fundraising. She helped raise over $300,000 for the Women's Metabolic Diseases Research Fund for Columbia University Meeical Center here in New York. Our Benefit was held in 2006 in NYC. If fans are interested in donating to a memorial fund in her honor, this would be a great tribute to Natasha.

Rosemarie Moreno
New York City


Lynn   March 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Such a terrible shame to lose an extremley talented,and gifted actress. Natasha Richardson portrayed class on the stage,and in film. Life is short live every day as if it were your last. She will be missed.


Melanie Money   March 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with the Richardson/Neeson family. Last August, my husband suffered the same thing as Ms. Richardson from a fissure bleed out. He almost died, we were told had he waited any longer to go the hospital we would have been planning a funeral. He was hospitalized for a month, test after test, medication after medication. It took 3 months for him to recover, and we don't know if it will ever happen again. After seeing the comments from the show tonight, I definately think that helmets should be worn for sports such as skiing, hockey, cycling. Especially after the 3 skiing deaths in my own backyard so to speak (in Ontario), two happening locally. I would not send myself or any family member on to the slopes without a helmet, especially now after so many skiing deaths. Ms. Richardson's death has brought sporting safety to the forefront.


kk   March 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Unfortunately this happened in Canada. In America she would have been taken to the ER and given a CT Scan or MRI right away, and had emergency surgery. This is the difference betwwen socialized health care where they try to hold back costs....by doing less, and our health care, where they intervene rapidly, and this is why our health care is more expensive, but what price can we put on
life?"


Susan Martin   March 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I wanted to comment on Mitt Romney. When I heard him say that President Obama wasn't concentrating on the economy and was in Hollywood and focusing on health care, I cringed. How dare he. How pathetic and partisan. The President has just been focussing on the economy more than anything else and as he said he is also doing other things because he has to as President. Mitt Romney is just a partisan, rich guy whose every comment is calculated to get him in office. Thank god Barack Obama is fighting for the common man. Mitt Romney doesn't know what the common person is.


J Hopp   March 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why should we listen to Mitt Romney, or any republican ? They are only interested in trashing President Obama-instead of backing this
very fine president. The Republicans had 8 years to make a difference. At least if Mitt was honest, and agreed that the republicans messed up, I could respect the man.
This is not the time to get advice from any republican.
Independent Voter


Rich   March 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

At this point in Dubya's first term he was already planning his vacation to Crawford, TX. while his chief terrorism head, Richard Clarke, was warning him of the Al-Queda threat. He wouldn't listen to him because he was a Clinton hold-over!!

Mitt.....go back to the private sector!! Politics is not your forte!!


Francis Tavares   March 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think that the statement Mitt Romney made about the issue of taxing 90 percent on bonuses is nonsense. Why shouldn't the executives be taxed. It's not their money. If AIG made a profit on their own then they should deserve bonuses. They do not deserve a dime. Bonuses are given to individuals who bring in profits for a company not losses.


GARRY   March 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Mitt 2012! Great interview, go Romney!


Ashley Kerr   March 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I watched her in the "Parent Trap" and Maid in Manhatten. She was a beautiful actress. I am so sorry for her husband and sons. She was much too young. My mom always bugs me to wear a helmut when I ride my bike and I think I look like a geek. But she explained to me why !. Now I will tell my friends why they should. ! natasha is now an angel among us to teach us!


michele   March 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

My heart goes out to her family. She was a great actress and had so much talent. She seemed to be so loving, & caring. So down to earth.


shelly   March 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. This just should not have happened. I feel that the instructor giving the lesson should of been closer to catch her before she fell. She will be missed.

Shelly Williams from Wahpeton, North Dakota


alexandra   March 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

to natasha's family...may your road to recover be paved with loving memories of times spent with natasha. may your belief in God give you comfort...


Nicki   March 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

This country really blew it! What a president Mitt Romney would have made! The man exudes leadership, knowledge, experience and presidential decision making. I can hardly wait until the next election. I hope he decides to run again. The last few months have felt like years.


Fern   March 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Mitt Romney sounds like Rush Limbaugh when telling Larry King he wants "liberal policies to fail". Same old song and dance. The economic model fo the past forty years is a conservative one. You can't fix that problem wiht more of the same. Any new ideas Mitt? The campaign of 2008 is over. I hope these Republicans keep beating the same old dead horse. They're galloping their way into the political wilderness.


canadian   March 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Mitt Romney is a brilliant man. He is the guy who can get us out of this economic mess. I totally agree with him that President Obama should be concentrating on the economy instead of visiting California and the Jay Leno show. Everything the President does thus far is all very shallow and on the surface. President Obama seems to think that he is still running a campaign instead of running a country. I like to see his rhetoric and his actions agree with each other. So far I haven't seen that. Also thus far I feel that his press secretary Gibbs is also a joke. Nothing impresses me so far.


Paula   March 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Should of.... Would of.... Could of..... Yes, she should have been made to have medical attention...Yes, she should have worn a helmet.... Yet, I wonder how many people will actually wear a helmet tomorrow when they go ski, go on a bike ride...... etc.,
God works in mysterious ways... Perhaps it took an magnificent lady like Natasha to make people aware of the dangers of not wearing the proper safety gear. There are reasons for protective wear. Let's honor Natasha Richardson with our actions, let's not allow her death be in vain. Wear helmets where head injury is risky. Buckle up while driving. Actually pay attention to the stewards on airplanes...... Be cautions and practice SAFTEY when it's deemed neccessary.


J. Holt   March 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Larry,
I really enjoyed your interview with Mitt Romney tonight. Mitt Romney was professional and well spoken. Hope he does run for President in 2012. If he does run, I know I would vote for him.


Artemis   March 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

To Carol Kaplan in Rochester Hills, MI: Though your family has abandoned you, know that you are not alone. I will keep you in my thoughts and pray for your healing each day. Like Natasha Richardson, you are a unique blessing and gift from G-d. May you find peace and strength in the knowledge that there are many who are with you in your journey.


Susan E. Bradford, MD   March 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Larry, a great show as usual. So sorry about Natasha's tragic death. Your physicians commenting are doing a great job with their descriptions and comments. However, as a Pathologist, I would like to add more to the explanations of 'sub-dural' vs. 'epi-dural. The dura lies immediately beneath the skull. Trauma can cause blood from vessles above or beneath this layer to bleed. If the blood collects between the skull and dura it is an epidural hematoma; if it collects between the dura and the brain it is called a subdural hematoma. Either can cause pressure on the brain within the skull and lead to death.


Shirley Lenfesty   March 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Not that I knew Natacha Richardson that much but I knowLiam Neeson. I was very sadden when I first heard this story and was deeply hoping that she would be alright. I was very hurt, angry and shock that this seemingly minor accident could end so tragically to such a nice person.

There are just no words. My thoughts and prayers are with her
children,husband and parents.

Shirley
Montreal, Québec


Jackquelyn E. Ramsey   March 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Mit Romney joins Rush saying "I want the President's liberal policies to fail." What does that mean? Why didn't you ask him, what he would do if they succeed? What does it mean if they fail? Who wins then?


sherry vaughn   March 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

i am so heartbroken by natasha richardson's death. ihave a son 15, and i really feel for them, and her husband. what a loss.


Anne   March 19th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Natasha Richardson must have been a wonderful actress and woman. All I can say is my heart goes out to her family; especially,
her husband and two boys. So sad!

My deepest sympathy,
Anne


Katie in Oregon   March 19th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Mitt Romney's interview tonight was thoughtful & intelligent. He looked like what he is an experienced former Governor, CEO of a big company and someone who turned the Olympics around, in short a leader. He understands the priorities of this nations problems. In contrast Obama came across as someone who is in way over his head and is back out out the campaign trail making big promises again which is his comfort zone. If Romney had been elected we would not be in this hysteria of excessive spending and would be laser focused on the financial problems. Obama's vision of a different America should go on hold right now. We can't afford any of it.


Dana   March 19th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Mitt did a great job!!! Obama should be concentrating on the economy and this country, not his jokes for Leno! Not the right time to be doing late night comedy! Mitt 2012!!!


Nicki   March 19th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

To Jackquelyn E. Ramsey
Recent news interviews have explained the liberal policies over and over again. Mitt and Rush do not want to see socialism, abortion and certainly not partial birth abortion, amnesty, univeral health care, open union elections taking away secret balloting, tax increases, the end of marriage, the end of the war on terror, liberal court activism, etc. Mr. Obama is ramming all these issues quickly, before his approval declines and while the nation is reeling from the economy. Passage of these issues will change America; coarsen America, change our wonderful culture forever and turn us into a socialist state. Is no one paying attention?


Jennifer   March 19th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

I'm so saddened by the loss of Natasha Richardson. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Richardson, Neeson and Redgrave families, especially Liam Neeson and their two young sons. She will be greatly missed.


Susan E. Bradford, MD   March 19th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Larry, to continue: actually, anatomically and clinically/surgically the terminology is more complicated. More complicated perhaps than can be explained in a few words. The dura has many layers, fused to different degrees to skull and brain and each other. I think that in some instances, clinically, epi-dural refers to a space created between brain and dura where as sub-dural refers to a space between skull and dura. Perhaps for the general person, your expert physicians said enough! Susan


Sheila   March 19th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Again, I have to reiterate that you cannot FORCE someone to receive medical care if they refuse.
KK......PLEASE don't talk about things you know nothing about!!
Oh yes we do have CTs and MRIs up here in Canada. It's available to everyone!!
By the time it was decided that Ms. Richardson needed medical care, it was sadly already too late.
I think that Mont Tremblant will rethink whether wearing helmuts will be mandatory in the future. Also Quebec needs to rethink having an emergency medical helicopter that would transport patients from rural areas to traumas centers in Montreal.
Sheila
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

p.s. why are all these Mitt Romney people commenting here?


Cathy   March 19th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

My heart breaks for her husband and her children, but I will always think of her as Vanessa Redgrave's little girl. No parent should have to survive their child.


Erin   March 19th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to this marvelous woman, mother, and actress. I pray that her family and boys can get through this time knowing how many lives she touched.


debra, mobile, al.   March 19th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

My heart-felt prayers and sympathy go out to Natasha Richardson's family for their great, great loss. Having lost my mother to tragedy when I was only ten, I especially feel for their two sons... I also hope and pray that the media honors their family's request for privacy.


Mitch (Toronto, Canada)   March 19th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Ooops – now Mitch has been pulled. What's happening here???
As I was saying... James (who was pulled) was correct in saying KK was ill-informed about CDN healthcare. "Barack's on Track" by looking to the north for healthcare and financial models.

So three cheers for Canadian beer, igloos, the CDN healthcare system where no one is left behind, Our big 5 banks that turn profits, the Avro Arrow, Sasquatch, Maple syrop, Hockey and polar bears!


Lois   March 19th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

why are americans so against "socialized" medicine???

Because the food and drug adminstration and insurance industry makes too much money this way!!! It's not in the big guys best interest to have socialized health care.

Who are we kidding, we can't afford to pay for our own insurance, if you have issues and your rates increase which they always do, you are out of luck!! Yes you can work all your life and lose everything to the hospital to help pay your bills. Two of my neighbors lost their homes that way.

If congress had to give all Americans the same health benefits they get, you would see it change quickly!!!


Ed   March 19th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Tonight's show said the comments would be passed on to Natasha's family. Thank You.

I am devastated. My prayers and sympathy to her family. Natasha was a favorite actress of mine. I saw her multiple times on stage and looked forward to seing her in films. I met her a few times in NY. She was always warm and charming.

Ed, Pittsburgh, PA


Jackquelyn E. Ramsey   March 19th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

To Nikki
To Nikki and any others:
Success or failure of the President is about success of failure of his efforts to turn the economy around and improve the system so that it works for all Americans in a more fair and equitable way. Those are his objectives at this moment in time. He is not running for office and he's not trying to paint a picture that increases his rhetorical position for the next election. If he succeeds, America succeeds. Instead of looking for ways to diminish his ability to succeed, or to undermine his leadership, the focus should be on doing your part, whatever it may be, to help us reach the objectives. If you are still mad about the election, get over it and maybe reach out to people who are standing in food lines and living in tents in your area.


Rochelle C   March 19th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

I feel that mixed messages were sent....
I one breath the discussion was about the need to wear helmets....
then Dr Stork says 'If you bump your head and have a little bruise and everything else is OK...than chances are within an hour or 2 you will feel better'.......
isn't that exactly what happened to Natasha???
She fell...bruised her head....felt Ok....then she Died!!
the message should be ...if you fall...bang your head.....go see a Doctor!!


Dewey   March 20th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I'm at a ski area now .... I hit my head today so I'm buying a helmet for sure tomorrow!


Tricia   March 20th, 2009 12:17 am ET

My sincere condolences to Natasha Richardson's family, thinking of you all, here from montreal. I wish you courage and strenght for the future.
xoxo


Monica   March 20th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Feeling such deep sympathy for the family members after this tragedy. What a loss of a vital person.


DIANA WARD   March 20th, 2009 12:19 am ET

I AM SO SAD TO HEAR OF HER PASSING GOD BLESS HER FAMILY
I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS


Emily Moore   March 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

My thoughts are with you at this difficult times when no words are the right words. May the time come when you have time to yourself without any media to grieve for your loss. Sympothys


Jeff in Franklin, Tn.   March 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

America is mourning your loss with you. God speed to you.


Katrina   March 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

as a huge fan of broadway and a member of the film community, I am heartbroken, and urge the community to reach out to Liam and the boys. She is already missed so much, what a woman


LISA CLARK   March 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I am so very sorry, this is so tragic, it really does show us all how precious life is, God Bless them...


Wallynm   March 20th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I am sorry – Being free means saying No to wearing a helmet or refusing a Doctor care. Having said that I am 67 and started skiing at age 44. About 5 years ago I bought a helmet on a lark. After wearing it one time I liked it so much I always ski with it. One time I was taking a bad fall and thought to myself "this is going to hurt" The helmet protected my head and I was greatly surprised and very thankful. I have even talked my adult kids to wear helmets. In NM and CO. I would estimate about 20 to 25 % of adults wear helmets.


John Blanton, MD   March 20th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Did the flight from Montreal to New York contributed to her death. Patients transferred by air with head injuries and/or intracranial bleeding require careful monitoring and control of blood carbon dioxide inflight (usually by a specially trained respiratory therapist or a flight surgeon with expertise in pulmonary medicine. Failure to follow these measures may rapidly accelerate brain swelling and lead to herniation of the brain stem through the foramen magnum at the base of the skull. (which I understand occured in Natasha Richardson)

The most recent article tonight stated she was transported by private plane. Was this an air ambulance with inflight critical care?

In the US, critically ill/injured patients are transferred from one hospital to another under strict EMTALA/COBRA guidelines, which require direct contact by the transferring hospital and physician with the receiving hospital and physician. The transferring physician must assure the receiving physician that the patient is stable enough for transfer. The recieving physician must agree to accept the patient. I don't know if this occured between the Montreal Hospital and Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC. Did they perhaps just whisk her off to the plane without pervision for inflight care? I don't even know if an international transfer requires adherance to EMPTALA/COBRA.

Lastly, how much did VIP medicine's inferiority contribute to this tragedy.

A lasting legacy would be to discover the factors contributing to her death that might prevent this from happening to other patients.


Carol Mischke   March 20th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Condolences and prayers – so little we can offer for so great a loss.


Shawn Banks   March 20th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I feel so sad for Natasha's family and for her. Skiing with your son one minute and then gone the next. I have been sick since I heard that she was hurt. I know that I did not know her personally but I feel as if I did. It is funny how close you have actors and actresses in your heart from different roles they played or keeping up with their careers and lives. I can only say that I will miss her and I am so sorry for everyone that we all have lost a wonderful person and a good friend be it on the movies, broadway or in person. God Bless you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you


Kazia Kmak   March 20th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Natasha was beautiful and we will miss her. Our prayers are with her family. Lets give them privacy in this difficult time.


Traci   March 20th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Natasha Richardson's death is a shocking tragedy. I greatly enjoyed her work. She was a talented actress and a great addition to the acting community. Words can not express my sorrow for her family. My prayers are with them all. Who knows what else she could have accomplished. Some people have such an impact that they accomplish more in death than they did in life. God had a greater purpose for her that couldn't be filled here on Earth.


Christine   March 20th, 2009 12:25 am ET

I truly wish all the best through this unimaginably difficult time for Natasha's family and friends. Tragedies like this really break my heart, and this one really hits home for me. In February I suffered a head injury while skiing and I too refused medical attention. I came out of it alright with no treatment but its scary how sometimes you just don't know until it's too late. Rest in peace, Natasha.


Scott Dion   March 20th, 2009 12:26 am ET

To Mr. Neilson:

Mr. Neilson,
I am sooo sorry for your lost. I am a lucky person to have survived an epidural hemitoma. Last year May 13 2008 I woke up in the hospital after being in a coma for 2 weeks. I'm not sure why they didn't/couldn't fix your wife. I do send my sincere understanding. I woke up with my my 2 sons and my daughter standing over my bed wondering what the hell was going on. Please accept my condolences.
Respectfully.
Scott Dion


jeannie macchia   March 20th, 2009 12:29 am ET

This is devastating to all, was she wearing a helmet? yes or no what are the safety's of wearing a helmet and should they be mandatory. Others have perished due to the fact of inadequate headgear. How do you feel and why.


Lee Ann   March 20th, 2009 12:29 am ET

My heart goes out to Natashas family. Losing someone so quick is heartbreaking. May GOD comfort Liam and her boys during this time. And to her mother Vanessa and sister Joely know that you know have a Guardian Angel watching over you everyday and her name is Natasha


Doruntina Vinca   March 20th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Vannesa Redgrave is nos just a great actress she is also an amazing human rights activist. I met her in 1999 in Kosovo during the aftermath of the war where she had come to support the victims of the war and I remember how gracious and giving she was. I'm eternally grateful for what she has done for my country. It saddens me beyond words that as a mother Vannesa is going through such a tragic loss. My best regards go also to Liam Neeson and his sons. A tragic loss indeed.


Merr   March 20th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I am just devistated about the loss of Natasha Richardson. It just seem real. My condolences to her family and friends. There has been so much discussion about how this injury can happen so easily and progress so fast. Some lives may have been saved from this discussion. I hope her death was not in vain.


Elizabeth Menzies   March 20th, 2009 12:33 am ET

I am so sad and really mad. the simple protocol for ANY head injury should be GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE A CAT SCAN.
It is not like they were worried about the bill getting paid.
Resort employees HAVE to be aggressively pro-active.
NO exceptions just the blanket statement: "You hit your head and we are going to the hospital". PERIOD
There is just No reason this family should have to be going through this. I Have been through a TBI with a loved one and TIME is the most important element. They have to open up the skull to relieve the pressure.
The law needs to back this.
Helmet required.
If your head hits ANYTHING,go to the hospital.
I am hideously ashamed that we only figure out how to do these things when famous people die.
I am sad for her family,for her sons,for her husband and her Mum.
What a great,great family.
What a tragic and loss.


Taisha Venort   March 20th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Hi Larry,
I 'm 18 years old and I love your show. Interesting!!!
I would like to send my condoleances to Natasha Richardson's Family . I am somehow particularly affected by her death because it reminds me of the death of a dear family friend. She died a year ago when she failed on her head, in her bath tub. It was very tragic. As Natasha ,at first, she felt normal until she started feeling a headache hours later .Unfortunately,Those type of death happen all the time. I just want to aware people not only to remember wearing helmets during skiing but to also take other precautions in daily life such as remembering to put anti-derappant plastic carpet in their bath tubs. Life is as precious as fragile. Again, actress Natasha is in my prayers and I hope her family stays strong .


Miranda   March 20th, 2009 12:34 am ET

The lights on Broadway dimmed for a moment, but our world will forever be a little darker for the beautiful light that was Natasha has been forever extinguished. Our hearts and prayers are with her family.


ERenner   March 20th, 2009 12:34 am ET

I think we should put an embargo on partisan finger pointing. Is all of Mr. Romney & his friends criticism and talk of failure helping things?


Claudia   March 20th, 2009 12:35 am ET

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Natasha Richardson and friends. As a Montrealer i feel deeply sadden by her death and knowing that it happened in our backyard. If only she had worn a helmet maybe the outcome would have been different. Most Canadians when skiing wears helmets, and it is so sad that her life ended while doing something that she was interested in learning,

May god keep her family and friends in his care and with time they will get stronger. We as Canadians will keep them in our prayer and i hope with time all wounds will be heal.

Stay strong


JoAnn Fletcher   March 20th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Our favorite family movie is Parent Trap. Natasha has such a "screen presence and what a beautiful lady she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family..


Peter   March 20th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Natasha Richardson was taken to a hospital within a few hours after her injury and transferred to a major trauma center a few hours later. Why did she not get treated surgically for an epidural hematoma which would have been visible on a simple CAT scan of the brain?


Jenny   March 20th, 2009 12:39 am ET

I have an uncle who was an electrician when he was young. One time he fell from an electric pole and hit his head. He got up, talking and joking, and he looked fine. My mom, a RN at the time, insisted to take him to an ER. The doctor on duty thought he was fine, and wanted he to go home and rest. My mon refused, and went to look for another doctor. While sitting in the ER, my uncle started to feel headache and started to vomit. Then he went to unconcious. My mom found another doctor, and my uncle was rushed to operation room immediately. After six hours of operation, my uncle woke up. Now he is in his seventies and is still healthy. Every time my family talked about this event, everyone was so grateful to my mom! And this event occurred fifty years ago in China!


Wallynm   March 20th, 2009 12:41 am ET

I am sorry – being free means saying "NO" to wearing a helmet and refusing a Doctors care. I am 67 and started skiing at age 44. A few years ago I purchase a helmet on a lark and after using it one time I really liked and always ski with one now. My adult children now wear helmets but it was their free choice. A couple of years ago I was taking a nasty fall and thought to myself "This is going to hurt" but the helmet provided the protection. In NM and CO I estimate 20 to 25% of the adults ski with a helmet.


Sydnee Mahaffey Burnley   March 20th, 2009 12:42 am ET

I am listening to your program, and I hear from your panel, one comment that " this is a rare event" and anothe panelist that " this is a freak accident'...
I rather think that the first panelist whom I heard got it ......a rare event, for a very rare Lady....
I enjoyed Natasha Richardson's work, as I do her mothers, the fruit seem's to not fall far from the tree....
As for that face and presence of her's, well, again....the fruit seem's to not fall from the tree........
The globe will miss the lovely face of Natasha, and those of us " commons" will miss her skill and aptitude in theatre and film.
Early on in life I heard it said " Only the good die young"...I never grasped that concept, rather, I view and I cherish a life well lived through spirit, and the subsequential cumulative effect in shining to the whole world. Shortness of life, like a full cup, I have short poems, and I have short lyrics...I even have short stories to read...they are potent, they live within me, and will, until my sunset ....

Love and Peace...........

Sydnee Mahaffey-Burnley
Sunbury, PA 17801


Ellen   March 20th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Natasha Richardson was one of my favorite actresses. She had passion, intensity and imbued meaning in all her work in film and on the stage. This is such a tragedy that may have been averted if it had been known how bad her fall actually was initially. My sympathy goes out to her husband, children and the Redgrave family. I have felt so badly about this loss.


Jeffrey Lewis   March 20th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I am a fiftyy two year susvivor of Traumatic Brain Injury. I n 1952, I had menningococcemia. I was left with problems with impulse control, short term memory loss, and other deficits. In 1955, I had non-paralytic polio, and I fell, hitting my head on the floor. I developed a non-verbal learning disability. I mean no dis-respect to Natasha or her family. But where is the mourning for the person and their family, who have survived TBI. They live their lives not knowing what kind of life they might have had. I fortunately, am a doctoral student in public administration. Some have to survive gunshot wounds on the streegts. Where is the outflowing of support fotr them. Most people with TBI, like others with disabilities, are destined to live their lives enduring poverty. I am sorry for Mrs. Richardson, but I feel even sorrier for those who surtvive their TBI's in poverrty. I have no respect fpr the people who grieve for her, but who will never do a thing t0o really help us, and the disabled population, escape poverty.


Charles Felipe   March 20th, 2009 12:45 am ET

We lost a one great lady whom lighted up the screen. Our deepest condolences to both familes. Please let the familes have there time to grive. Natasha you are in our lords hands now rest in peace.


Enrique Bosquet   March 20th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Mr. Romney, the federal government is not taking citizen's money away in taxing the bonuses, they are merely collecting back our misused tax dollars.


denise from michigan   March 20th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Mitt Romney is very wealthy, he spent 22 million dollars to run for President. he could have helped the state of Michigan where he was born, raised & graduated from one of the finest private schools in the country..now he wants to write a bk, competing w/Pres Obama who has written 2 bks. he wants the presidency because his Dad did not have a chance,,he has 5 sons, none of them have been in the military. he will probably run in 4 yrs against Pres Obama but will not win !..he'll never be popular like Pres Obama is. Jay Leno tonight was so emotional & over whelmed to interview Pres Obama. Jay said, "tonight was one of the best nights in my life !" .


Jenny   March 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

How kind and gracious for Liam Neeson to attend the dimming of the Broadway lights, amid such terrible pain. Thanks for such a kind gesture must be added to condolences and prayers for the members of the Neeson and Redgrave families.


Jordan Hoopes   March 20th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Mr. Romney, the federal government is not taking citizen’s money away in taxing the bonuses, they are merely collecting back our misused tax dollars.

His point is its unconstitutional for the government to void a legal and binding contract.

Though I think that these contracts were a huge oversight by congress and AIG, for the government to go back in hindsight and try to correct them is a gross expansion of governments power.


Scott Turner   March 20th, 2009 1:10 am ET

I am outrage of the bonusthey sould not have got it when they been bail out. The moneyneed to be return in fulland not be allow any more bonus till the bailout money is pay back in full and two – three years afterward. But we all know that the rich takes care of the rich and as normal the poor left behind.


Patricia Bombara   March 20th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I am a little confused about Natasha Richardson's death. it is said after an hour she begin to get a headached. I assumed most people know that is a serious sign. Didn't she go to the hospital at that point?

I read that she went Tueday to the hospital. Wasn't that 12-24 hours AFTER the fall? Liam rushed back immediately, didn't he? Didn't he take her immediately to the hospital. If she did wait that loong it is understandable about her death. If she went an hour after the accident and they couldn't save her that is extremely scarry? I would likr this cleared up so Idon't have to live in this kind of panic.

All along I was assuming she went tothe hospital ONE HOUR after the fall. Yes or NO?


Nancy   March 20th, 2009 1:18 am ET

This family knows just how short life is and we are terribly saddend for all Of Natasha Richardson's family Our Love and prayers are with yall.


Patricia Bombara   March 20th, 2009 1:27 am ET

It was courageous and thoughtful to see th family on Broadway. After all the movies and plays the fans feel as though they are a part of their lives. We can't see or talk to them personally, but being out in the public alows us to see that they're holding up and gives a chance to show our support.

With the Travolta tragedy, we never got to see any of the family. That total isolation leaves you wondering .Of course, they deserve their privacy to grieve like we all do after experiencing a tragic and untimely death. But if the family appears one time it gives us a chance to get some kind of closure since we felt like they we knew them. .


Sara, MN   March 20th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Each day is truly a gift ....this has resonated in my mind for the past 4 days since hearing of Natasha Richardson's accident and tragic death. She was a beautiful force, an amazing actress, and one can only imagine an even more beautiful and amazing mother, wife, daughter, friend, and sibling. My heart aches for her family and loved ones. May they find comfort in her legacy and all the special moments they will hold in their hearts forever. The big screen and lights of Broadway have lost an actress but have gained an angel.
Peace to you, Natasha.


Honora   March 20th, 2009 2:17 am ET

As for not "operating" on Natasha in Montreal: it was probably too late. It was over an hour after the accident before any sympoms showed. Next, she was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital where, I am certain by then ,the severity of the injury was very apparent. Then it was to the Montreal hospital where I think she may already been in a coma and put on life support for the trip to NY City ,where her family could have time to be with her.
We the living are always the ones who need to catch up to what has happened to the one we love and the time on life support is for the family to come to grips with their loved one's death...
There would have been no purpose in operating when she was in Montreal.


Mike   March 20th, 2009 3:05 am ET

People wear helmets on bikes, why not while skiing? My heart goes out to the family, I was involved in making the decision to take my dad off life support and it was the most awful experience one could imagine. Be strong!


parsa   March 20th, 2009 3:06 am ET

Canada prays for you Natasha, you were a special women


James   March 20th, 2009 3:09 am ET

There are good and bad people in life, she was one of the good ones.


cheryl   March 20th, 2009 3:15 am ET

My heart aches for the family of Natashia .
I hope the best for Liam & her sons!!!
What a tragic loss!!!
We will miss her!!!


ilene   March 20th, 2009 3:18 am ET

What a terrible tragedy for an obvious beautiful woman inside and out. As a former ski instructor from Telluride, Colorado. i can never understand why people pay so much for lift tickets, hotels, attire and lessons and not wear a helmet. So many celebrities do not wear helmets. They complain that they do not like the paparazzi but really they like to be noticed and seen. When you wear a helmet you do look a bit "geeky" but you are safer wearing one than without. Celebrities would not be noticed as much if they wore goggles and helmets. Even expert skiers get hurt and most do wear helmets. Hopefully, both the public and celebrities will start to wear helmets. Perhaps her tragedy will help prevent injuries for others in the future. Helmets can't hurt.


Rebecca   March 20th, 2009 3:20 am ET

One of my most treasured memories of my Mother before HER passing...is when my Mother and I watched the movie "Nell' together. The movie just touched us both in SUCH a way, where to this day...it has a very special place in my heart. My prayers for the family that they are blessed with acceptance, comfort and understanding.


Sara   March 20th, 2009 3:23 am ET

There is no greater sorrow than to lose the love of your life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Liam Neeson. Their devotion was apparent in every look, every smile, and in their children. Know that you are not alone, we grieve with you.


Desmond Jenkins   March 20th, 2009 3:23 am ET

My heart goes out to Mr. Liam Neeson and his family as they get through this tragic moment. She was a wonderful and talented actress. She will be greatly miss.


Desmond Jenkins   March 20th, 2009 3:24 am ET

My heart goes out to Mr. Liam Neeson and his family as they get through this tragic moment. She will be greatly miss.


Susie   March 20th, 2009 3:28 am ET

My heart breaks for Liam and the Boys. I just admired her so much.


Mark   March 20th, 2009 3:28 am ET

I am absolutely stunned that Natasha Richardson died. I have no words and feel deeply sorry for he family. Her smile and appearance would make everyone around her feel proud to be friends with her. She was great actress.
Once again, best wishes and my condolences goes to Natasha’s family.


Ayisha Robb   March 20th, 2009 3:30 am ET

My condolences to Natasha's family. To lose a loved one tragically is never an easy episode to deal with. She was a wonderful actress.


Debbie Jones   March 20th, 2009 3:54 am ET

My heart goes out to this family. I personally know how they feel, all though my out come was a little better. I have a son who suffered from a T.B.I. resulting from a car accident. He had a subdural hematoma with an diffuse axonal injury. His chances where slim like 9% of making it through the night. He is alive today but has many cogntive difficulties, it has completely changes our lives.
It is sad to say that brain injuries are pushed under the rug and not much awarness is out their, when statistics say :
Every 23 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury
5.3 million Americans live with disabilities resulting from a T.B.I.
1.4 million Americans sustain a T.B.I. every year
more than 50,000 Americans die every year as a result of a T.B.I.
but yet there is not much talk or awarness on this terrible injury to the brain.
Insurance companies don't like to pay for ongoing cogntive therphy for
a person who has a T.B.I. and they need lots of rehab for many years after injury.
Like I said my heart and prayers go out to this family, but maybe her death won't be in vein. Maybe this will open the doors for more awarness and help for those who suffer with this terrible injury, that changes everyone involved, lives forever.
May God Bless this family during this difficult time.


doris enow   March 20th, 2009 4:13 am ET

You may want to think twice, before you go skiing in Canada. Had she been skiing in Colorado and fell, she might still be alive. Bleeding in the brain is serious, but can mostly be treated if caught in time. President Reagan fell of a horse and had a hematoma, and survived. Time is of essence though. The trip to the states probably was to long for her. To let a the patient make any decision was wrong. She fell , right then and there she should have had to go for an xray and MRI. Next time there need to be better rules in those skiing areas


doris enow   March 20th, 2009 4:17 am ET

Persons who fall on their head, once that has been established, can't make sound decisions, and rules and regulations should be in place what needs to be done.


Silvia   March 20th, 2009 4:18 am ET

I respect Mitt Rommeys comments, he should focus, focus, focus that when he talks about the new President he should give him the respect and use the correct title instead of just calling him by his first name~ By the way President Obama was not in Hollywood, he was in downtown Burbank! Look Mitt the Nation is in a Big Crisis, and this didn't happen overnight, so lets give the new President time! He will not make the right choices on everything, but name one President that has!


Hilanma   March 20th, 2009 5:25 am ET

I do understand the questions and concerns about how things like this can happen, but this very moment my heart goes out to Ms Richardson's family and friends who have suffered such a great unexpected loss. You are all in my prayers. It will be the warm memories of the great times that you've had with her, that will make the sun shine once more in your hearts.


Jutta Olli   March 20th, 2009 5:28 am ET

I am deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Natasha Richardson. My heart goes out for her entire family and especially to her sons but as it is practically against nature to bury your own child, as a mother of a beautiful daughter myself, I am absolutely devastated for Vanessa Redgrave.
God bless you all and in your time of grave need may He give you the strength to deal with this most painful of losses.
"Every beginning is the merging of holding on and letting go."


Christian Troh   March 20th, 2009 5:29 am ET

I know how it feels to lose a wonderful mother and wife, but God know why. Take courage my good family.


Jake Brown   March 20th, 2009 5:33 am ET

Larry,

The tragic loss of Natasha Richardson recently will no doubt be felt by her family, friends and fans for years to come. My sympathy is with them. However, many women die everyday in this world who are no less loved by those in their lives. Many die accidentally like Ms. Richardson; many die deliberately at the hands of corrupt and murderous governments. I think it is time for your news show to move forward and deal with the larger issues in the world. Help solve some problems with real guests and discussion. Helmets won't save the world from bullets, bombs or bear markets.


Elizabeth Menzies   March 20th, 2009 5:33 am ET

the behavior of so many Republican politician is so shameful right now. Bunch of sour apples. I know for a fact you are representing NO ONE but your selves. Many republican feel it is simply time to roll up our sleeves and get shoulder to shoulder..and TOGETHER...fix the problems at hand...GEEZE! Mitt..stop freaking cryin' in your milk...you represnt people..you need to do your job...get outta your own ego's way
Stop being a part of the problem and get into the solutio!


nicole northern ireland   March 20th, 2009 5:34 am ET

Great sympathy from the people of northern ireland, to Laim and the boy's and to the rest family of Natasha....


Elizabeth Menzies   March 20th, 2009 5:36 am ET

Is there and "anecdote" to the Republican amnesia?


Teymara from Australia   March 20th, 2009 5:36 am ET

I cried when I heard life support had been switched off. What a heavy heart Liam, Natasha's boys, her dear mother and sister would have experienced having to make that decision. All I can say is Thank You God for allowing the world to experience such a beautiful, talented, loving woman. Deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.


jocelyn idu   March 20th, 2009 6:27 am ET

Such a painfull loss. My heart goes out to her husband and kids as they come to terms with her departure. May they draw strength from each other and trust in God to pull them through.


rb   March 20th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Dear Liam and family,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Natasha. My heart just breaks for all of you.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


James   March 21st, 2009 1:17 pm ET

An accident? Of course, an accident waiting to happen. I still do not understand why most skiers in the Americas refuse the use of a helmet. Such is only for your own safety. In Europe, e.g. Switzerland, whilst not by law enforced, 95% of skiers/snowboarders make use of them. Perhaps is time to look more for safety in the pists than for the looks. Skiing is not a catwalk, it's a sport.


Elle Bennett   March 22nd, 2009 1:13 pm ET

i've been skiing for years and back when I began no one wore helmets. How I have lived as long as I have, a little younger than her husband, Liam, is beyond me. It all boils down to when our time is finished on earth we leave these physical, frail bodies of ours. She is a beautiful angel and always will be.


Jean   March 22nd, 2009 9:06 pm ET

My heart is broken for Natasha's husband and children. We will all miss her.


Heidi   March 22nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

What a tragic and sad loss for her family and her community. As a Canadian and living in the mountains, I cannot fathom the thought of learning to ski/snowboard etc...and not wearing a helmet. I believe that for learners especially, it should be mandatory as well as for minors. I too agree that when "it's your time, it's your time" but why help it along? After having just spent the better part of 2 months in a hospital rehab unit for stroke and brain injuries, I can tell you that so many of the recovering patients wish they would have been wearing head protection where or when there was a choice too.
I feel terrible for Liam and her boys and I will pray for divine guidance for them to see them through these dark days.


Donna U   March 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Has anyone considered a pre existing problem before the fall? My heart goes out to her children, who are now without their precious mom.


Sanaa   March 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

It was so hard for me to actually believe that someone like Natasha is actually gone. It hurts to think about what Liam and her sons are going through, I can only imagine what it's like losing a mother and a wife. I am truly sorry for your loss and I just want you to know that my heart goes out to your family. I will pray for Liam and her boys. I'm so sorry.


McKenna   March 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

There are no words, only love and hugs. May God shower Natasha and her family with endless quantities of each!


Gail   March 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

My love and prayers for your loss of a wonderful and talented lady. Be strong, embrace the support from everyone.


Victor   March 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

More important than helmets or her decisions was whether a CT scan was performed at the initial hospital or delayed. Most Canadian hospitals do not have CT scanners.


Autumn Neil   March 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

It is a truly unfortunate loss. Natasha was an AMAZING actress. The resort should have forced her to get checked so this could've be prevented. It's still a bit unbelievable to me and I cried when I first heard about her death. She will be missed.
I feel so sorry for Liam, Micheál, Daniel, and the rest of her family. Everyone is put on this Earth for a purpose, and her purpose was to entertain. And God decided that her time was up, and that she fulfilled her purpose.
Rest in peace, Natasha Jane Richardson.


Nicole   March 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

As a skier, a mother, a wife and a big fan of Natasha and her husband Liam, my heart goes out to their family. This tragic accident affected us all so deeply and we will miss her greatly.


Jean   March 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I believe the fall that ultimately led to Natasha Richardson's death was simply an accident. A rare situation that no one could have predicted after such a slight fall on the slopes. Her initial refusal to go to the hospital doesn't bother me. How many of us have fallen and even bumped our heads and not even considered needing medical attention? What bothers me the most is the lack of available emergency transportation that could have gotten this incredible woman to a hospital in the time needed to save her life when she did finally start to feel ill. Had this been in the U.S. her chances of having a chance to survive would have been so much higher. God rest her soul and may her family find the strength it needs to cope with this shocking and devastating loss.


Porter Smith   March 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

One more reason why I refuse to sky with out a helmet.


Michael Gabriel   March 22nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Does anyone know if Natasha Richardson was an organ donor ? Her death was a tragic accident and her family must be devastated with grief. My life was saved by a beautiful young woman from Serbia who was 20 years old. I have liver cancer, which is in remission and I have a second chanc e at life because of her thoughtful and compassionate decision to sign a donor card. I had a liver transplant and although she died much too young ... a part of her lives on within me. She saved the life of several people and the decision her family made when they allowed her organs to be donated according to her request was heroic.


Judi Snyder   March 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I write from afar but to me Ms Richardson was a totally unique,loving,giving talented woman devoted to her husband, family, profession and so much more and her death is a tragedy. My sincere condolences to her husband and family. It will be important that after mourning we must celebrate her life and what she so freely gave to all of humanity.I watched the doctors on the other night and wonder why these questions have not been asked and hopefully will be answered in the futere to prevent this from happening again. I'm married to a surgeon who has worked trauma here and in Iraq three times and I have worked in trauma hospitals as well as an RN.These were the simple questions we talked about immediately and discussed after we heard she'd been injured: 1) She was in Canada,( socialized medicine )and we would make a pretty good guess that at the small hospital where she was first seen that there wasn't a CAT Scan machine there so she could have been properly diagnosed and treated 2) Was there a neuro-surgeon in the entire hospital and is that why they " had to stabilize her and then send her by ambulance(?) to a larger hospital 50 miles away? Was she already declared brain dead when she arrived there and where was a helicopter transport( ?) The very frightening thing was this was the closest facility to a large ski resort and why wern't theythey properly equipped to handle head injuries??We can't change this senseless death but we can try to help raise awareness in all who travel and engage in active sports to gather information before your trip to answer these questions. Lastly we'd gladly donate money to start a fund to purchase a Cat Scan machine for this hospital so we never have to witness this tragedy ever again!


Kathleen   March 23rd, 2009 12:15 am ET

Hi Larry.
I am tuning in a bit late but wondered if flying Natasha from Quebec to New York was the wisest thing to do. I am in no way putting down US health care. I just wondered if the flight itself and the high elevations and the pressure of the flight may have escalated her already obvious head injury instead of staying put in Quebec. My heart goes out to Natasha's family during this difficult time.

Kathleen
Vancouver Canada


Brodie   March 23rd, 2009 12:20 am ET

A beautiful woman and a beautiful life gone too soon.


Jacob Keum DO   March 23rd, 2009 12:24 am ET

Mr King..
I have worked for a major trauma center level 1 with very busy neurotrauma service covering three hospital as in house physician for the neurosurgery service..I can say epidural hematomas and hematomas in general are very common.

Sure, many falls occurs in the US and many lead to harmless outcomes. However, head injury can occur in many ways...even if you fall few steps because you are under the influence you can hit the head and end up with a hematoma requiring emergency surgery.

The way the trauma consultants specially in the area of neurosurgery look at vs the emergency room physicians these type of injuries may differ. Every clinical scenario entertaining head injury has to be taken very seriusly..actually more than 50% of all trauma cases end up being injury to the brain..so it is a very significant issue.

As a physician, while I was taking ski lessons last year and this year we always wore helmet...It is always better to be prepared than say sorry later. It is very unfortunate the case of Mrs Richarson because epidural hematomas are very easy to be treated as long as there is prompt recognition of this problem and neurosurgical care is available on time.. Many hospitals don't have neurosurgical specialist covering them and that is why it is important for patients to be directed to right facility in this type of cases.

I hope with this case, Many people in the U.S. become aware and protect themselves...for this type of injuries which are very common indeed.

Sincerely,

Dr Keum


thess5948   March 23rd, 2009 12:25 am ET

To the family, I am so sorry for your loss.
She was a beautiful and talented actress. I loved her
on screen and can only imagine your pain in losing such
a wonderful lady in such a tragic way. My thoughts and
prayers are with you.


Claudia Post   March 23rd, 2009 12:27 am ET

As an artist and lover of movies, Natasha Richardson, Liam Neilson, Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave have brought to me such joy,fulfullment,and enrichment in my life through their enormous talents. My heart aches for Vanessa as a mother who lost an adult child much like she has, and for Liam, her husband and for her dear sons.


Sheri Burk   March 23rd, 2009 3:37 am ET

I would like to send my regards to the family of Natasha Richardson. This has been such a shocking and unusual situation. I fell in love with her beauty and class in Parent Trap and have been a fan of elegant charm, style, and timeless beauty ever since. Deepest regards and prayers for the family go out to you all tonight.


Verna R. Clay   March 23rd, 2009 3:53 am ET

The loss of a child has a grief of it's own! My heart goes out to the entire family. Having lost 2 adult daughters-one in '96 and my other adult daughter this past Friday 13, 2009, I can relate to the magnitude of this mother's grief and pain. She will forever be in my heartfelt prayers!
Verna R. Clay
Mother of 2 Angels
Diane 08-31-96
Cheryl 03-13-09
Shreveport, LA


Robert Driggers   March 23rd, 2009 6:52 am ET

As a survivor of a T.B.I., the tragic death of Natasha Richardson is just another example of how lightly society treats these events and the out dated regulations involved in protecting the brain while being involved in a sport or activity that is potentially life threatening. I should know, I was injured in a construction accident 20+ years ago and I was wearing a hard hat. Head gear shouldn't be a choice, it should be a law. Skiers, Motorcycle Riders, and Skateboarders are just a few of the types of people who would rather feel the wind through their hair instead of taking the time to protect the instrument that allows them to enjoy such activities. How many more have to die, or be disabled before Washington does anything about it? My heart goes out to Natasha's family. She didn't have to die.


Jacob Keum DO   March 24th, 2009 12:29 am ET

I just wanted to express my deep sorrow for the loss of Mrs Richardson to her husband and two children.
I just wanted to add the Medical and surgical care related to Head injury in the US have been largely ignored.
There are few issues why Head Trauma requiring proper neurosurgical evaluation in the US is mainly an underserved issue:
1-Many hospitals do not reimburse Neurosurgeons to be oncall.
they sort of expect Neurosurgeons to provide night coverage if they want to continue operating in their hospital. This particular issue has been a hotly debated topic in the neurosurgical field. This is not only for neurosurgical specialists but it also covers many specialists who are called upon in the middle of the night to attend emergency medical and surgical cases.
2-Lack of proper distribution of specialists in the US. There are areas in the US and in the world the neurosurgical specialists are not available. But, I have heard recently in Canada is very different issue. They graduate high number of neurosurgeons but not enough jobs for them. It is very ironic in a way.. Many of Canadian graduates come to work into US.
3-Many ER physicians don't see the urgency in head trauma not because these cases are not urgent it is because they see so many different cases that they are overwhelmed...So it is very easy for ER physicians to overlook...Some Hospital have resident physicians still in training seeing these patient and it is highly likely that these cases can be missed early and precious time to be lost..
4-The Hospital politics..some hospitals who don't have in house neurosurgical care have very limited agreement with neurosurgical groups in other hospitals and only allowing the transfer within their network. I feel patients family should be given the option to transfer patients as long as he or she is stable for transfer to any institution of their choice. I encourage families to take a stand and transfer to institutions of their choice now when doing so nearby hospital is always better if time is critical factor in rendering care.
5-Government and hospitals should come up with a better system to provide emergency insurance coverage for emergency cases. And, insurance companies should be held liable for payments for these emergent cases regardless of authorization.. I believe insurance companies should not dictate payments in emergencies..they should be mandated to pay actually.
6-Also Many institutions utilize now midlevel practitioners such as Physician assistants or Nurse Practitioners for initial evaluation of these patients. Government should mandate hospitals to have in house physicians evaluating these patients insted of mid level practitioners. I would not accept a PA or NP seeing my family member in case of head trauma cases. It is just not acceptable level of care when patient is in critical conditions.
But I think there are lots of things which can be implemented to improve care in head trauma patients and prevent unnecessary loss of life.

Sincerely,

Dr Keum


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