Natasha Richardson’s Death Saves Lives in More Than One Way
The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson has affected many lives. Her family used her death to save several lives by donating Natasha’s organs. Now it seems that her head injury has educated the public. This information has saved at least one young girl.
Morgan McCracken is 7 years old. She was hit in the left temple by a line drive playing baseball in her Ohio yard with her dad and brother.
Her parents, Connie and Donald, heard the news of Richardson’s death while watching CNN one evening a few days after their daughter’s injury. They listened to the list of symptoms of serious head injuries. They then checked on Morgan who was getting ready for bed. Morgan had been fine for the few days since the injury, but now complained of a headache.
Her parents called the pediatrician, then took her to the emergency room. A CT scan revealed an epidural hematoma, the same injury Richardson had. Morgan was airflighted to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, with her father by her side. There Dr Alan Cohen, the chief of pediatric neurosurgery, took Morgan to the operating room to perform the life saving surgery.
This head injury story has a happy ending. Morgan is now home and doing fine.
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