Natasha Richardson Injured in Ski Accident, Possibly TBI
Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, 45, has been injured in a skiing accident. It is reported that she was rushed to a Montreal hospital on Monday after sustaining a serious head injury in a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant resort.
Richardson is married to actor Liam Neeson. She is the daughter of British actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson. According to HULIQ Natasha Richardson suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury.
eMaxHealth would like to extend our well wishes to Ms Richardson and her family.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million head injuries occur every year in the United States. Most brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or even simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home. Approximately 52,000 deaths occur each year from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Moderate & severe head injury (respectively) are associated with a 2.3 and 4.5 times increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
TBI’s can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. The immediate physical effects include bruising and swelling of the brain tissue. This swelling of the injured brain tissue creates a second problem - pressure. Since the skull can not expand, the increased pressure causes additional damage.
Mild TBI’s may include signs and symptoms such as a brief period of unconsciousness, amnesia for events immediately before and after the injury, headache, confusion, mood changes, and memory problems.
Moderate to severe TBI"s include additional signs and symptoms. These include persistent headache, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, profound confusion, and agitation, combativeness
For more information on brain injuries, check out the Brain Trauma Foundation. It is now reported that Natasha Richardson may have suffered Talk and Die Syndrome.