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17 March 2009 @ 04:08 pm
Natasha Richardson update  
Although earlier reports said she "brain dead and not likely to survive," they've since offered retractions. The latest: "The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling -- but is not brain dead."

What happened ...
Actress Natasha Richardson, reportedly in serious condition with head trauma in a Montréal hospital after a ski accident Monday at Mont Tremblant, was walking around and feeling fine for an hour after her accident, a spokesperson from the ski resort says.

"She was laughing and joking and she walked to her room on her own," Mont Tremblant spokesperson Catherine Lacasse says.

The British-born Richardson, 45, was not wearing a ski helmet when she was taking a private ski lesson on the Nansen, a beginners' run at Mont Tremblant. When she was near the bottom of the run in a section know as the flats, she fell down. According to the spokeswoman, Richardson did not hit anyone or anything before coming to a stop. "She was accompanied by an experienced ski instructor who immediately called the ski patrol," according to a statement from the resort.

Lacasse tells PEOPLE that there were no cuts, bleeding or other external signs of injury. Ski patrollers assisted Richardson and helped her to her room. She was not put on a stretcher. About an hour after the fall, Richardson started complaining of headaches. She went to a nearby hospital and was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Sacré Coeur Hospital. (A spokesperson for the hospital would not confirm or deny that Richardson was a patient there.)

According to AccessHollywoood.com, her husband, actor Liam Neeson, 56, was filming the movie Chloe in Toronto when he got the news and rushed to be by Richardson's side. Richardson, who appeared in The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan and Nell has been married to Neeson since 1994. They have two sons, Micheal Richard Antonio, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12.
Oh, I hope she pulls through.
Principiaprincipia on March 17th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
It's not uncommon to sedate patients with brain injuries to make sure they're resting properly and don't hurt themselves. And the same mistake gets made in reporting: when my sister had been sedated when she was in ICU following a burst aneurysm, one of the residents didn't look at her chart before coming and telling the 'rentals she'd lapsed into a coma and would be dead within a few hours.

Hopefully it's just a nasty concussion, rather than anything more serious.
Arabianarabian on March 17th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully, things will work out.
Laurel: Billie musiccorusca on March 18th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'm crossing my fingers for her :-/ I really hope all the reports are exaggerated.
madeelly: darla bleedingmadeelly on March 18th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
This makes me sad. The same sort of thing happened to a friend of mine a few months ago.
ext_139893 on March 31st, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Natasha was certainly memorable as an actress; i loved her in the Parent Trap and the White Countess... RIP
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on March 31st, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
The White Countess was the last movie I saw her in I'm a HUGE Ralph Fiennes fan and saw it for him, but I adored her equally in it. Not surprising though, considering, a few years back, I was kinda obsessed with her and watched everything she did.

It's just so sad and senseless.
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on March 31st, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
And I'm so sorry about your friend. It's just so awful.
madeellymadeelly on March 31st, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
It's okay. He survived, but he's very badly brain damaged. But the good thing is that he's alive. ^_^