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Natasha Richardson Flown to New Hospital

3/17/2009 2:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha RichardsonUPDATE 2:00 PM ET -- The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling -- but, contrary to some reports, is not brain dead. We can't confirm the accuracy of the hospital's statements, or the other reports circulating the web -- fact is, right now we just don't know.

UPDATE: 1:37 PM ET -- We're told Richardson's jet was scheduled to take off from Montreal-Trudeau Airport. A rep for the airport said the jet is either still there or has just taken off.

We're told Natasha Richardson has been transported from the hospital in Canada via ambulance. CTV says she boarded a private jet -- we do not know where the jet has gone, but we believe it's New York City.

Richardson was accompanied by a medic team for the flight.

Story developing ...

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106.

Michael Madsen    

Independant, she was not wearing a helmet. Cara, she may have had a pre-existing condition that either led to her fall or was exaserbated by the fall. Current status? UNknown at this time.

2012 days ago
107.

G    

http://www.nypost.com/seven/03172009/news/worldnews/natasha_richardson_is_brain_dead_160027.htm

The POST said she is brain dead... and will be taken off life support

2012 days ago
108.

KansasGirl    

Guess she didn't care much for Canadas' socialized medicine.

2012 days ago
109.

Michael Madsen    

That's "exacerbated".

2012 days ago
110.

The 1 & Only    

The "uncle" or whomever their source was should not even be releasing info about Natasha without her immediate family's approval.

2012 days ago
111.

awave    

I feel really sad about this. I am deeply praying for Natasha & her family. I was just driving to the grocery store & back and thinking about how sad this is; I hope she gets better soon. I had a niece with bad swelling of the brain & she recovery very nicely! So I think there is hope for Natasha. I like celebs who have class & act like sane, resonable, normal people. And she & Liam and family are this kind of people. May God Bless Natasha & family.

2012 days ago
112.

Michael Madsen    

By the way, is the "Perez Hilton Was Wrong Site" or the Ms. Richardson is fighting for her life site?
Shove PH up yo asses, asses!

2012 days ago
113.

LMB    

I hope that Natasha makes a full and speedy recovery. Thankfully she has the U.S. health care system to fall back on..... Interesting that her family did not elect to stay in Canada and use their health care. I guess once Obama/Kenedy have their way with the U.S. health care system, that will no longer be a good option.

2012 days ago
114.

J M    

I think Perez Hilton and everyone reporting this story is brain dead. If the injuries were very serious such as coma, they would not transport her on a private jet due to cabin pressure and other risks to the patient. This would increase swelling of the brain.

If she was brain dead, then she wenrt home in a coffin on that jet.

2012 days ago
115.

baby girl    

May she be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows she's dead.

2012 days ago
116.

JC    

Lay off Perez, seriously. There are so many conficting reports out there as to what is going on with Natasha, it's truly unbelievable. Perez is only reporting what he is reading on the web and prob watching on tv.

2012 days ago
117.

marco    

tmz has more credability than fox news,,,,who by the way has said mrs.richardson is brain dead....i,m from montreal canada...and also have a home in mont tremblant,quebec..................by no means is she dead..........she's fine and will be ok.
we should all wait until the facts are out.....before jumping to conclusions
love tmz

2012 days ago
118.

Byteme    


Quote below from Time Out NY:
We stand by our new statement that she is brain dead and not expected to survive. Unfortunately, the article was not taken down — our website crashed from traffic. Time Out New York regrets the error.

http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/natasha-richardson/news/104964-natasha-richardson-dead

2012 days ago
119.

Grego    

Very sad, but it doesn't sound like a simple skiing accident. It sounds like something other health issue was going on in the background --- like maybe a cerebral hemmorhage, or some other kind of stroke --- which could have been triggered by, or could even have caused, what was reported as a very minor fall.

RIP

2012 days ago
120.

J M    

LMB or whatever the name is. ANOTHER IDIOT for the Canada Health Care Comment. Like I said before, she would have to be dead in a coffin or have suffered minor injuries to go on a plane.
The hospital Sacre Couer is a public hospital and they would offer the same treatment as any Top Private Hospital in the US. Now if the patient and/or family wanted a more English speaking institution they could have chosen Montreal General but Doctors are highly educated and they would be bilingual at Sacre Couer.On the other hand, if the patients family wanted designer soaps, really nice toilet paper and a better cafeteria then could transfer her on a private plane if the injuries were not life threatening. Don't worry, her insurance company will still get a bill for the services rendered from the Mtl Hospital. Why should we grant free health care to foreigners?

2012 days ago
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