Radio Dispatches Recount Bid to Save Richardson

Medics race to save star's life
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2009 3:26 PM CDT
Natasha Richardson, who had gone skiing on a sunny day, died following a brain injury.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
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(Newser) – Almost a week after family and friends bid their final goodbyes to Natasha Richardson, the Globe and Mail  examines radio exchanges between paramedics and 911 operators during the star’s last conscious hours. As she was being taken from her hotel room to the nearest hospital, vital signs were good, but she was beginning to lose consciousness.

“I’m arriving with a female in her 40s… [she’s] disoriented,” one medic says. “It’s following a ski fall. She presents signs of confusion, a concussion.” But by the time she reached a trauma center nearly 4 hours after the call from the hotel, sources tell the Globe and Mail, her pupils were unresponsive, a sign of advanced brain damage. If she had been taken by helicopter from the ski resort directly to the trauma center, they report, she could have arrived in 30 minutes.