Liz Smith Writes Natasha Richardson Taken Off Life Support

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News reports are coming that an NY columnist Liz Smith wrote that Natasha Richardson, after suffering Talk and Die Syndrome yesterday in a ski accident is taken off life support at 1:30 PM Eastern Time.

While the major news media is not confirming Liz Smith and is not reporting that Natasha Richardson is taken off life support, more and more news outlets are writing about the news. However, just now the New York Post published a story about Richardson being taken off life support.

This is very sad. Her family was keeping vigil around her bed during all this time and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to her and the family. Though her family is yet to issue an official statement Liz Smith, a celebrity journalist, reported the news.

According to our yesterday's report, Natasha Richardson may have suffered from "talk and die syndrome", a rare but critical result of minor head injury.

The condition, though uncommon, can cause anyone with a bump to the head to rapidly deteriorate, thus the name “talk and die”. Following Natasha Richardson’s accident, there were no visible signs of injury. Richardson started feeling poorly one hour after her skiing accident, and was sent to the hospital.


In Richardson’s case, reports of her medical condition, within an hour after hitting her head during a skiing accident, seem to indicate she suffered from an epidural hemorrhage. Bleeding in the brain occurs rapidly, in patients with “talk and die” syndrome, leading to loss of consciousness and brain damage.

Prolonging the Withdrawal of Life Support in the ICU Affects Family Satisfaction with Care

Clinicians in the intensive care unit (ICU) often care for patients who are on several life support measures at once. When such a patient is dying and the decision is reached to withdraw life support, these clinicians may make an imperfect compromise in seeking to balance the complex needs of the patient and the patient’s family — they may remove the life support measures one at a time over a period of days, rather than withdrawing all at once.

According to a paper published in the Oct. 15, 2008, issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, this practice, referred to as sequential withdrawal, may be relatively common, and may have a varying impact on the family’s satisfaction with ICU care. This study was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the lead Institute for end-of-life research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"We found that sequential withdrawal of life support is not as rare a phenomenon as previously thought," said J. Randall Curtis, M.D., MPH, the principal investigator of the study. "It occurred in nearly half of the patients we studied."

"The decision to remove a loved one from life supporting treatment is typically very traumatic for families," said NINR Director Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. "Once a patient enters the ICU, clinicians may need to help family members develop realistic expectations based on the patient’s prognosis. This study highlights the importance of open communication between clinicians and the family."




When is it the right time for someone to be taken off life support? Is it religously corect?