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March 20, 2009

Hours Passed Before Doctors Saw Natasha Richardson –
This was, is a very tragic death..  The simple explanation is that medical personnel tend not to be overly sympathetic to persons who have been hurt in a skiing accident. I know  I had two members of my family hurt in skiing accidents and the medical service was slow.. they were not sympathetic. BUT THERE IS NO SPECIFIC EVIDENCE THAT THE MEDICAL CARE SYSTEM ITSELF HAS BEEN AT FAULT HERE. Quebec’s medical care system is one of the best in Canada and it is still the patient’s personal reponsibility to insure they get the needed medical treatment  ASAP as well.. Richardson refused potentially life-saving treatment on scene shortly after her fall, and  she wasn’t wearing a ski helmet



Sadly “OTTAWA — The actress Natasha Richardson, who died Wednesday from a brain hemorrhage after a fall on a beginners’ ski slope in Quebec, was not admitted to a hospital until nearly four hours after her accident, according to ambulance dispatch records obtained Friday by The New York Times.

That is nearly three hours later than the timeline that officials at the Mont Tremblant ski resort, about 90 minutes north of Montreal, offered Tuesday, the day after Ms. Richardson, 45, fell during a skiing lesson.

The first paramedics, who arrived at 1 p.m. Monday, were turned away after she declined treatment, ambulance records show, though they reported seeing her sitting on a stretcher — not laughing and walking off her fall, as a resort spokeswoman said Tuesday.

According to the resort, about an hour later another ambulance was summoned to her hotel after she complained of a headache. That ambulance, the resort said, took her to a local hospital.

But the ambulance records show that the second ambulance was not sent to her room until 3 p.m., Yves Coderre, the director of operations at Ambulances Radisson, which serves the resort under an arrangement with Quebec’s public health care system, said Friday in an interview.

The ambulance arrived nine minutes later and left the hotel at 3:42 p.m., arriving at the hospital in Ste. Agathe, about 25 miles from Mont Tremblant, at 4:20 p.m., where she was attended by a doctor for the first time.

Those discrepancies appeared to raise new questions about whether Ms. Richardson could have been saved had she been treated sooner. The New York medical examiner’s office ruled Ms. Richardson’s death an accident; the autopsy results suggested that the fall tore an artery and led to bleeding between Ms. Richardson’s skull and the outer lining of her brain.”


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