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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.

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If she does indeed have brain damage and is not dead, no doctor would EVER recommend her flying. Has anyone ever had their ears pop? Exactly, pressure. So what would the pressure do to an already brain damaged person? Cure her?

I honestly think she is brain dead and is being kept "alive" by an machine. It could be because her husband and her friends don't want her to die in a foreign country.

1984 days ago

who has the facts? ME    

Faux News is about as reliable as Perez Hilton...

1984 days ago


Critically ill people fly often with an ENTIRE medical team. She may or may not be dead but if she is alive moving her to a higher level of care hospital is the appropriate thing to do. It is my best guess at this time that she is in a barbiturate coma to rest the brain injury and reduce the swelling. People in shock/trauma units are kept in this kind of coma for extened periods of time. Extended like weeks. She is a young and healthy woman , therefore ,i think that they will give her every chance and treatment to heal.

1984 days ago

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1984 days ago

Michael Madsen    

Hey, LMB! Only a complete bent-outta-shape-moronic-turd-eatin'-lame-brain would use this venue in which to impose your ignorance about the health care systems of the United States and Canada.
First of all, Ms. Richardson is being flown back for reasons beyond health care.
Second of all, take your politicking to another site - we're not interested.
Thirdly... Fourthly.
End of Story.

1984 days ago

Can't Stand Obama    

I am reading some sites that say she is brain dead and she is being flown to NY so they can take her off life support. Why would she have to be flown to NY to be taken off life support? Does Canada not end the life support?

1984 days ago

More important!    

Could they be taking her to New York to donate the organs locally? I don't know the international laws for this.

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lets wait and see...................

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Perez Hilton HAS NOT said she is dead, I just checked.....only that she is brain dead.

I think they are flying her back to NY to be with her family so they can take her off life support.

1984 days ago

Michael Madsen    

KL - it's really very simple. The family is in New York and Ms. Richardson won't be taken off life-support until the family can say their final good-byes. You don't want to ship a corpse back to the family if humanly possible.
I hope this helps.

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Sources close to Tony-award winning actress Natasha Richardson tell that the 45-year-old actress is brain dead, and being transported back to New York City before she is to be taken off life support. Richardson’s condition deteriorated following a skiing accident on a beginner’s trail at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec, Canada. Richardson, who is married to actor Liam Neeson, had been reported in serious condition with a head injury by multiple outlets. - From Fox News

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I am sure they could disconnect the life support there but would prefer to have her in the USA with her family.

I agree witha previous post that said they would not move a brain injury patient unless they were already brain dead.

Such a freak accident and so very sad.

My heart goes out to her children.

1984 days ago

Charles Miller    

I hope she's not dead. But, if she is brain dead, I hope they allow Liam to play with her tits for a bit before removing life support. She does have a lovely pair of tits.

1984 days ago


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By Tobi Cohen, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Actress Natasha Richardson's injuries from a fall during a ski lesson at a Quebec resort were described Tuesday as anywhere from minor to life-threatening.

The New York Post said it had learned from friends of the British actress that she was brain dead, but some Hollywood "insider" websites suggested Richardson had swelling of the brain.

A spokeswoman for the Mont Tremblant ski resort said Richardson, 45, was conscious and showed no signs of a serious head injury after she fell on a beginner run on Monday while in the company of an experienced instructor.

Lyne Lortie said the Tony-award-winning actress was in the middle of the private lesson when she suffered what appeared to be a relatively unspectacular fall.

While Richardson seemed fine, the ski patrol wanted to take a closer look so she was taken to the bottom of the hill by sled, Lortie said.

"She showed really no visible sign of injury and she was talking and showed absolutely no sign of confusion," she said.

"It was right in the middle of the slope so she didn't hit anyone or a tree. It was a fall as anyone can do. It wasn't a violent fall at all."

A family member confirmed Richardson had a skiing accident but the extent of her injuries was unclear.

"We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details," said Kika Markham, who is married to Richardson's uncle, Corin Redgrave. "We are very concerned."

Lortie said the ski patrol wanted Richardson to see a doctor but she insisted on returning to her room at Mont Tremblant's Hotel Quintessence.

The ski patrol and instructor stayed with her for about an hour after which she began complaining of a headache and not feeling well.

Lortie said they "immediately" called an ambulance and she was taken to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentian near Mont Tremblant before being transferred to Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal.

The Canadian Press was told initially on Monday that someone with the same name as Richardson was registered at Sacre-Coeur, but employees said later in the day they had no records of someone with that name at the hospital.

On Tuesday, Sacre-Coeur spokeswoman Josee-Michelle Simard said Richardson left the hospital at 12:30 p.m. and was headed out of the country.

She said the family was to release a statement on Wednesday.

Richardson is married to actor Liam Neeson and is the daughter of famous British actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Neeson was reportedly in Toronto at the time of Richardson's accident filming the movie "Chloe" with Julianne Moore.

Producers confirmed that Neeson immediately left the Toronto set upon news of his wife's accident.

Richardson comes from a long line of successful actors. She was born in London to Redgrave and British director Tony Richardson.

Her maternal grandparents were Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson and her uncle Corin and aunt Lynn Redgrave are also both actors. Sister Joely Richardson is also an actress, best known for starring in the TV series "Nip/Tuck."

Richardson trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama which initially led to a career in regional theatre, then later to film and television roles.

Richardson won a Tony award in 1998 for her turn in "Cabaret." Film credits include "The Parent Trap," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Evening," "Gothic," "A Month in the Country" and "Nell" in which she appeared with Neeson.

In January, Richardson and her mother played the roles of mother and daughter in a one-night benefit concert version of "A Little Night Music," the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, at Studio 54 in New York.

Richardson has been married to "Schindler's List" star Neeson since 1994. The couple have two sons.

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LMB - if you really think the United States has stellar health care then you need to do some research. We do not have the best health care any more. Several countries are WAY ahead of us both with the insurance issues and with basic care. Millions and millions of people here have no insurance because it's so expensive. We have the number one infant mortality rate of any developed nation. We are so fixated on having the latest depression meds and being able to harvest 8 babies in one uterus, that we forgot about the day to day physicals and basic health care that is needed to keep people alive. Don't knock Canada until you know what you're talking about.

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