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Natasha -- Only a Matter of Time?

3/18/2009 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha Richardson may be alive, but only in the most technical of medical terms, according to various reports.

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Family friends are telling a variety of news sources Richardson is in fact brain dead and it is just a matter of time. Richardson's family, including her aunt Lynn Redgrave, her mother Vanessa, sister Joely Richardson, and her children Michael and Daniel visited Natasha at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC last night.

Natasha suffered a critical brain injury after falling on a ski slope Monday.

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Rhonda    

This is so sad.

2053 days ago
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Observer    

If the reports are true, and she is going to die, it's a very sad day, especially for her children.

I hope everyone's good thoughts are with the family, and that some of the cruel "posters" in this forum restrain themselves today, and not repeat the odious comments some added yesterday.

2053 days ago
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hurl    

Please leave these poor people alone. They don't need to be harrassed while suffering a tragedy like this. My thoughts are with them.

2053 days ago
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Kay    

Sounds like a stroke. Terrible.

2053 days ago
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StarrStruck    

What a terrible tragedy.

2053 days ago
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K    

This is so sad. I truly hope these reports are premature and not true. If so, I pray for her family and especially her children.

2053 days ago
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Lily    

Leave her kids alone for Christ's sake...

2053 days ago
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Del    

Just saying...was she wearing a helmet?

2053 days ago
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Donna    

My thoughts and prayers are with this family today.

2053 days ago
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broken    

I do not envy the choices the family must be forced into making now and quality of life, if any, is such an elusive concept. I think the backlash will come after this has settled some and the debate of *how* begins. If your journey leads you to the other side Natasha, go in peace.

2053 days ago
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henrietta    

It makes you wonder how fragile we all are. Our prayers go out for Natasha. Let's hope a miracle can happen.

2053 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

Brain damages are a very tricky thing...but if there are no bainwaves than.They may try DBS EBS if the swelling is taken down.First induced coma with a skull window than maybe some more brain active.If no active after a while after the swelling than it`s checkout time maybe if the heart stops.I spent six weeks just getting back to have DBS EBS and than learning everything all over(RETARD OF the YEAR 1967)NEB it`s a long long long road back and ever few ever make that trip.Best wishes and stay well.

2053 days ago
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carol    

very sad story - all because she didn't wear a helmet - very sad

2053 days ago
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Atlanta Private Investigator    

This is such a tragic story. Hopefully she will pull through.

2053 days ago
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Kankles    

#8. No helmet. They had a top-notch brain surgeon on GMA this morning who stated a person can have a fall, not exhibit any problems, and within 24-hours could be in a coma. The brain shakes around the skull. He call it brain-whiplash. No one really knows what really happened to Natasha Richrdson at this point. The family is to make a statement later today, so they say!

I wish TMZ would not take photos and leave them alone. They will talk when they are ready. Speculation is very wrong in this situation. TMZ, show some class!

Damn. This is so sad. My heart goes to the family!

2053 days ago
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