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First Ambulance Call to Richardson Aborted

3/19/2009 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha RichardsonThe first paramedics who responded to Natasha Richardson were turned away, presumably because the actress felt fine at the time ... which raises the question -- was the fall more serious than initially reported?

According to The Globe and Mail newspaper, the paramedics were called by the ski patrol but were called away -- "They never saw the patient ... so they turned around."

The newspaper quotes medical experts who say when there's bleeding in the brain, time is of the essence. Approximately an hour later, when Richardson began to feel bad, an ambulance was called to her hotel.

But here's the question. Why would the ski patrol call an ambulance for an innocuous fall? People fall all the time. You have to wonder if the fall was more than just a minor incident.

Richardson passed away last night. She was 45.

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Tracy    

And yet another crappy picture of a beautiful woman.

TMZ, regardless of what happened, she is still gone. The story is not going to change. Let it go, let her family grieve in peace please.

FOR ONCE, show some damn respect.. THEY DESERVE IT!!

2008 days ago
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harleybabe    

Whatever the case may be, I pray for her family. She was very young and still in her prime. I'm sorry to see her go.
RIP Natasha, you will be missed.

2008 days ago
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sushi    

Maybe it is because everyone is so effing sue happy the ski resort HAD to call paramedics for liability purposes.

I am actually watching for the lawsuits to start. Hopefully her family will have the decency not to try profit off an accident unlike that douchebag DJ.

2008 days ago
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JoDale    

Very sad - you never know.

2008 days ago
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KellyBelly    

Ski patrol calls ambulances EXACTLY FOR THESE REASONS to the most innocuous of accidents. It's standard protocol. Whether or not the patient accepts treatment and transport is up to them.
My condolences to Natasha's family. It's a very sad day indeed.

2008 days ago
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Prince Von A-Hole    

Oh no #1. TMZ is obligated to exploit the death of anyone remotely related to Celebrity. There must be 47653689987,975 more tasteless posts. Its the TMZ way

2008 days ago
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Ender    

Way to create drama out of your speculation Editorial staff....I still love Harvey from the people's court.

I know because I am from Montreal and have worked as a ski instructor that it's a matter of operations POLICY at the slope when there is ANY sign from the skier that they were injured to make the call on outside medical help so likely they saw something worthy of the first call...but it's TOTALLY up to the individual who is injured to turn away medical attention and that is likely what happened.

2008 days ago
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Jerri    

I agree with KellyBelly here. I don't think there was any foulplay by the ski resort. I think it is borderline sick to be having this discussion though.

2008 days ago
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Renay    

It is protocol that the ski instructors/resort call an ambulance after a fall....that is why an ambulance was called. She was instructed to wear a helmet and declined. When she fell they followed their protocol. Nothing else. Stop trying to make things seem sneaky or suspicious if you dont have all the information!

2008 days ago
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Prince Von A-Hole    

Oh no #1. TMZ is obligated to exploit the death of anyone remotely related to Celebrity. There must be 47653689987,975 more tasteless posts. Its the TMZ way

And lets not forget more then 1/2 those posts will be pure speculation.

2008 days ago
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sher    

"But here's the question. Why would the ski patrol call an ambulance for an innocuous fall? People fall all the time. You have to wonder if the fall was more than just a minor incident."

i wondered that too. people fall a zillion times on the bunny slopes; it's the process of learning how to ski. it's the process of learning how to ride a bike! or to roller skate. it just seems that her fall warranted enough concern that the ski patrol was overly protective,even going with her to her apartment and reportedly staying with her. i do wonder if perhaps she passed out briefly after her fall - to me, that would raise the concern from the ski patrol.

what an utterly beautiful woman and from all accounts, a lovely human being. this is so tragic. it is just all so terribly sad.

2008 days ago
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ksawdey    

Sounds like she may have had a pre-existing condition, seems odd that she would fall that hard on a bunny hill with an instructor, it isn't like she is skiing moguls or through trees or anything, seems a bit fishy if you ask me.

2008 days ago
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sunny    

This was an absolutely tragic accident. How dare TMZ start questioning the actions of those involved!! It appears by all accounts that protocol was strictly followed. Let the family heal in peace!!

2008 days ago
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m    

She signed a waiver refusing treatment the first time because she felt fine. What were they supposed to do take her against her will?? Damn let it go. It was a terrible accident. People have accidents and die every day. Perhaps the paparazzi could stop following her family around trying to get pictures of them grieving??

2008 days ago
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boogity    

I don't understand why she was not wearing head gear...especially taking a beginners course. It has been reported that there were no external injuries. People need to know that no external injuries anywhere around the brain could be very dangerous, for the swelling or what have you is on the inside.

I'm wondering if this is what happened.

My thought go out to her family.

So sad...

2008 days ago
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