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Richardson's Ambulance Ride Confirms Condition

3/18/2009 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha RichardsonTMZ has obtained information about Natasha Richardson's ambulance ride in New York to Lenox Hill Hospital -- she was "unconscious," her pupils "non-reactive," her skin was "pale" and she was suffering from "major head trauma."

We're told her husband Liam Neeson held her hand the entire time and caressed her face as he sat in silence.

We're also told when the plane landed in New Jersey, medics on board told members of the ambulance team that Richardson was "brain dead."

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46.

LH    

Brain injury is not like a stubbed toe injury, yet, some of you people are hopelessly stupid and lack the compassion necessary to make your existence on this earth worth your taking up space and breathing oxygen. If you don't know who the Redgrave family is - it is likely that you are very young and the snot is still hanging from your nose. Just because you have never heard of this actor, STFU because other people have heard of her, or, are acquainted with someone in either family. We are shocked by this accident and it is painful to read some of your cruel remarks. Mont Tremblant is both exquiste and treacherous.

1941 days ago
47.

kelliblossom    

May God Bless Natasha's husband, children and family during this most diffucult time...please know that we are praying for you!

1941 days ago
48.

Michael Madsen    

We have ads to sell, Prince Von ahole. What would you do - a non-profit site? Now go away.

1941 days ago
49.

Wanda W.    

Tragic,yes of course,but we all die people. Were born,and we die,what matters most is what we do in between those two events. If we are lucky enough to live any period of time in between those two events. It would be all the more tragic if she had been a victim of a disease,and lingered for months and years after being given false hope and PRAYED FOR A MIRACLE that never came. Out will come all the religious zealots again,with their pithy comments on how her plight is "gods will"................. gods mistake rather !!!

1941 days ago
50.

puhllleeez    

I can't believe the rude and unintelligent comments by some people here. Just because the family are actors doesn't mean they owe the public a minute-by-minute update. And the other people who have no empathy whatsoever, you guys are really pathetic.

This is so awful for Liam and their boys, my thoughts are with the family.

1941 days ago
51.

Amazed    

I guess the rumors are true. I just read it on the New York Post that she is indeed braindead and her body is being transported back home to New York so that her family can pay their last respects before they take her off life support. God bless her family. I just hope the paparazzi are respectful of the family in their time of grief.

1941 days ago
52.

stargazer    

God Bless! To the family Peace & Comfort to you all!

1941 days ago
53.

GAD    

wilsonmc3,

Epidural hematoma, I understand.

But the fall was described again as relatively benign. Wouldn't a pre-existing weakened vessel or HBP be possible or likely here as well?

1941 days ago
54.

Joy    

As Natasha Richardson remained in a New York hospital, her family and friends had all but given up hope that she'll recover from a severe head injury.

"There is no chance," a family friend told PEOPLE on Tuesday night. "It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead."

Her dire condition – doctors described it to those close to Richardson as "leakage of blood between the brain and skull," the friend says – has the actress's family coming to grips with potentially having to make an unthinkably difficult decision. "It's not official yet," says the friend, "but they basically will detach her."

Richardson, 45, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a devastating head injury Monday while skiing on a beginner's slope outside Montreal during a trip with at least one of her two sons. Her husband, Liam Neeson, 56, raced from a Toronto movie set to be with her as she was hospitalized.

On Tuesday, a private jet brought them both to New York, where family and friends gathered for a vigil. Reps for the family have declined to comment on Richardson's medical condition.
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1941 days ago
55.

sockolt    

I agree that whomever it was that provided the detailed information on her condition violated hipaa - unless it was someone non-medical such as the pilot. Shameful act regardless.

Let her family grieve in peace before we dissect the details. And yes, TMZ you could post a MUCH better image of this woman.

My prayers and thoughts go out to her family; I've always had a huge amount of respect for all of them.

1941 days ago
56.

stewie griffin    

My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

1941 days ago
57.

k    

A friend close to Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson tells People magazine that the actress is brain dead and is not expected to recover.

“There is no chance. It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead,” the family friend said.

The friend says doctors say Richardson’s injury caused “leakage of blood between the brain and skull.”

1941 days ago
58.

sable    

So very sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

1941 days ago
59.

teri    

Prayers and peace for you and your family.

1941 days ago
60.

chris    

my thoughts are with the family

i just can't believe how this could have happened on a bunny hill

1941 days ago
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