Ambulance Was Turned Away After Richardson Accident

When ambulance was called again, actress 'wasn't in good shape'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2009 8:46 AM CDT
Liam Neeson hugs his wife, Natasha Richardson, as they arrive for The Times BFI London Film Festival last year.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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(Newser) – Potentially life-saving paramedics were turned away before they could examine Natasha Richardson after the Canadian ski accident that claimed her life, reports the Globe and Mail. Ski patrollers had requested an ambulance after the actress stuck her head in a fall on a beginners slope at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, said a spokesman for the ambulance company. "They never saw the patient,” he said. “So they turned around.”

It wasn't immediately clear who turned the ambulance away. Another ambulance was called hours later to Richardson's hotel. She was conscious, but “wasn't in good shape” and was rushed to a local hospital, said the ambulance spokesman. "When you have a head trauma you can bleed," he added. "People don't realize it can be very serious. We warn them they could die and they start to laugh."