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Could It Have Been Prevented? More Details On The Events Leading Up To Natasha Richardson's Passing

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The timeline of events following Natasha Richardson's tragic accident have been pieced together, revealing "critical lapses in her care" that may have led to the actress' death.

Richardson fell not long after 12:43 pm on Monday, which was when a member of the Mont Tremblant ski patrol was dispatched to the site of Natasha's accident.

An ambulance arrived at 1:00 pm to the bottom of the ski slope and waited for Richardson to meet paramedics for treatment via toboggan.

Richardson reportedly "whisk[ed] by on the sled without stopping," and the ski patrol informed the paramedics that Natasha had refused treatment and they were free to go.

Richardson made a stop at the Mont Tremblant clinic with her ski instructor, which may or may not have been staffed by a physician, and headed back to her suite at a nearby hotel.

Another ambulance was dispatched to the hotel at 3:00 pm after Richardson's ski instructor called the hotel manager.

"The instructor called the general manager and said Richardson had a headache and she was not feeling well. The [general manager] went to see her said she was going to call an ambulance. Richardson said she didn't need an ambulance or a doctor - and the GM insisted that an ambulance come and get her," revealed Yves Coderre, director of the ambulance company that services Mont Tremblant.

When paramedics arrived to Richardson's room, they saw "something that wasn't right… [The paramedic] saw some signs indicating her condition was destabilizing. He called ahead to the hospital to let them know of her condition and he put the siren on," said Coderre.

Richardson left Mont Tremblant for Centre Hospitalier Laurentain in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts at 3:47 pm where the actress' condition was stabilized.

After being stabilized, Natasha was rushed to the trauma center of the Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal. Richardson did not arrive to the trauma center until 7:00 pm due to the 52 mile trek between the two hospitals.

The Sacre-Coeur hospital was unable to provide helicopter transportation to the late actress because Montreal is unequipped with helicopters for medical transport.

"Our system isn't set up for traumas and doesn't match what's available in other Canadian cities, let alone in the States," said Tarek Razek, the director of trauma services for the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

How heartbreaking.

We only hope Natasha's untimely death will set the wheels in motion for a reevaluation of the trauma system in Montreal.

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191 comments to “Could It Have Been Prevented? More Details On The Events Leading Up To Natasha Richardson's Passing”

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  1. 1

    :(
    R.I.P Natasha



  2. 2

    so, their care was as poorly provided as your "reporting" on this tragedy?

    man (girl, whatever), you don't really believe the slop you sling do you?



  3. 3

    all the could'ves in the world is not gonna change the fact that she passed away… sorry to say that but it's no point in speculating what's already taken place.



  4. 4

    It happen it QUEBEC not Montreal



  5. 5

    should have been you shussing down the slopes…



  6. 6

    Re: **LondonHockeyGurL** – he's no Brit Hume



  7. 7

    this is exactly why a nationalized health care system like Obama is pushing will not work in America. If this would have occurred anywhere in the US, Natasha would still be alive. Canada's health care is built on affordability, not on care.



  8. 8

    Ah, yes. Socialized health care. What progress!



  9. 9

    honk!



  10. 10

    Yes they do need helicopter services there!!



  11. 11

    I really don't think anyone can be blamed. As long as a person is conscious and able to refuse treatment, there is nothing anyone can do for them, and Natasha can't be blamed either, why would she think something was so terribly wrong with just a headache? I get migraines all the time and wouldn't think to go to a hospital…



  12. 12

    Well, this is the kind of "healthcare" we have in Canada. I am not surprised that there would have been no doctor in the clinic. I think that her death could have been totally prevented.

    I mean think about it, not having a proper trauma unit when there is a fully operated ski operation nearby is stupid.

    The problem with our system is that the current government is doing its best to privatize health-care and they keep cutting on healthcare including healthcare services. Isn't it sad?



  13. 13

    how about a post on the million seller book you wrote?

    oh, sorry, go you confused with Artie Lange - who actually SOLD a bunch of books…

    my bad!



  14. 14

    1. it was quebec, not montreal
    2. there is nothing wrong with canada's health care system. its pretty darn good.
    3. they offered her an ambulance was sent out a.s.a.p
    4. why are you trying to play the blame game?

    what happened was sad, stop the whole "what if'



  15. 15

    BLAMING SOMEONE ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE THE OUTCOME!!!!PLEASE LET IT GO PEREZ SHE'S IN A BETTER PLACE ANYWAY!!!



  16. 16

    i dont even kno this girl . !



  17. 17

    Re: LaDiva – Hi Diva,Boy Mario really likes to over do coverage on stories.God ,Mario-she's gone-let it go!Enough!



  18. 18

    We didn't need Natasha Richardson's death to know that we need to reevaluate our messed up medical system in Montreal and the surrounding areas…



  19. 19

    "we only hope", oh please Perez, what the hell do you know about tragic accidents? This particular occurance is very rare. She REFUSED the medical attention that could have saved her life. Let that be the lesson to others, take all the follow up care available in the event of an accident, don't think you know better than medical professionals, EVER!



  20. 20

    PEREZ,I KNOW A FRIEND OF A FRIEND OF A FRIEND OF A FRIEND OF MINE WHO ACTUALLY BOUGHT YOUR BOOK.BUT THEY RETURNED IT BEFORE THEY EXITED THE BOOKSTORE AND BOUGHT MILEYS BOOK INSTEAD!!!!



  21. 21

    Actually if you have read Perez it couldnt have been prevented at all it was a tear in a artery in her brain not from hitting her head but from a jolt because she herself refused help at the most serious time where actually she could have been saved she was apt to die so its just a warning fo rall who even have a jolt from a fall seek medical attention god bless her soul she was a good woman



  22. 22

    listen READ THE FUCKING ARTICAL B$ YOU ATTACK MARIO:
    Richardson reportedly "whisk[ed] by on the sled without stopping," and the ski patrol informed the paramedics that Natasha had refused treatment and they were free to go

    so who is really at fault??? ya montreal needs helicopters but fuicking think b4 you speak



  23. 23

    If she had got into the ambulance immediately, she may have lived, she may have not. Head Traumas are hard to gauge. If she was learning to ski, she should have been wearing a helmet. Even little bumps to the head can cause death. There is no point in playing the blame game.

    And living in VT, i have only heard good things about the health care in canada, and the staff at Mt Tremblant.



  24. 24

    It sounds like the only person who was at fault here was Natasha herself for refusing treatment not once but twice.



  25. 25

    it sounds like if she had ACCEPTED the ambulance when she was initially hurt she would still be alive. according to other reports she also refused to get a helmet to wear for her skiing. another thing that could have saved her life.



  26. 26

    We have an excellent health care system in Canada. If you read the timeline you would have seen that Natasha had immediate care, but refused it. If she had been looked at maybe she could have gotten more help, considering time is the essence for head injuries. All someone could have done to was look in her eyes for a sign of trauma or concussion. Yes, I do agree that an air ambulance helicopter is probably needed in this remote ski area. People die everyday around the world while skiing and usually because of head injuries, which could also have been prevented by wearing a helmet.

    Perez, you must never been out of California, because a 'sled' isn't always a tobogan but on a ski hill or in the snow it's also known as a 'snow mobile'.



  27. 27

    So sad…
    *
    *
    Re: the last star – #15 I agree!



  28. 28

    She's dead. nothings gunna bring her back…Stop it with the what ifs already!!! yeesh!



  29. 29

    Re: the last star
    LOL
    Well either way that friend fails. As much as i hate to say it, i'd rather read through his bullshit than hers.
    On a scale of 1-10 how shit was Perez Hiltons book to those who bought it?
    1 begin shit. 10 Being fucking bullshit.
    ???



  30. 30

    what's wrong Mario, nap time again?

    take up skiing… I know I keep saying it… for us, please!



  31. 31

    For those who say it's because of socialized health care, well you are wrong. It was probably a old Montreal hospital and that is why they couldn't get a helicopter. There are about 5 or 6 hospitals in the whole city and this one was the closest to Tremblant (look at a map).
    Yes the health care here is not a great as in the states, but it is the best system for the middle and lower classes who couldn't afford it. There are some private clinics, but I don't think they don't deal with trauma.



  32. 32

    She's dead. Nothings gunna bring her back…Stop it with the what ifs..enough already!!



  33. 33

    Re: Lol Girl Loves Chuck – only chuck norris could have read it and survived…



  34. 34

    After dianna's death in Paris, how many books were written saying that she would have lived had the accident happened in the USA and received the wonderful care of the most capable and competent doctors in the world ? ¨PLLLLLLLease. stop that game already. Dianna died because she had not fastened her seat belt like her bodyguard did and he was the only survivor. Natasha refused to go to the hospital TWICE, we live in a free country, we cannot force someone to see a doctor if she doesn't want to. Get over it, stop blaming my country. Personally I wouldn't want to become sick while on a vacation in the USA, I would be afraid of the care given me. Let me remind you that Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy died in the USA from ski accidents, how come if you have such good hospitals and health care ? And these were wealthy people who could afford their own private helicopters ? You die when God recalls you to His side, it was Natasha's turn. Let her REST IN PEACE FOR GOD'S SAKE AND STOP BLAMING MY COUNTRY. SIGNED: A FIERCE CANADIAN



  35. 35

    If professionals think you need to see a doctor, listen to them. She wouldn't let them treat her. That just makes it sadder.



  36. 36

    This is so awful. If I remember back, when I was 10, no one was wearing a helmet, an now… The snow got so much harder, because it wasn't made by nature, but by machines and I am really scared to go skiing, because it is such a hard snow, and when you fall it hurts a lot and can even be that worse. We had so many tragic ski accidents which ended with death this season. Awful…



  37. 37

    First of all, MONTREAL IS IN QUEBEC
    Second, unlike the US, we have FREE health care, wich means that of course we have less services to offer but at least we don't refuse anybody because they have no insurance, even hobos.
    Third, if the patien refuses care, we can not help them



  38. 38

    Let her rest in peace and please stop with the speculating about the "what if's". Like others already said, it doesn't change the fact that Mrs Richardson died as a result of a tragic accident. And I think it doesn't help the already ailing family and friends to hear about how this could have been prevented. So please show some respect and let it go.



  39. 39

    Just because f'ing MONTREAL doesn't have helicopters, doesn't mean the rest of Canadian health care is 'bad'! Most major centers across Canada DO have helicopter transport. Montreal doesn't even want to be part of Canada - they are separatists and think that they are better than the rest of Canada. Clearly, this event demonstrates that is NOT the case. Montreal, step it UP and get with the rest of Canada!



  40. 40

    reports said her son was with her. Why don't they just get the story from him?
    Leave the family alone already! What does it matter if it could have been prevented, she's gone, let her rest in peace.
    People are always looking for someone to blame…when it's your time, it's your time.



  41. 41

    Re: Major Dude honks for harry
    May the lord bless his very soul.
    But to be exact Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.



  42. 42

    I still want to know what hit her in the head. Are there rocks and trees on the Bunny Slope?? Anyway RIP Natasha. She was a real class act. She doesn't belong on Perez' Site.



  43. 43

    Re: Esin Emko – Yes, the health care system in Canada has its share of problems, but it's still a great system. It allows for every Canadian citizen to receive treatment for free. This doesn't seem to be the case in the States.

    Furthermore, some remote communities of Québec (the province) do have air ambulances services. It's a shame that such a service was not in place at Mont Tremblant, but I don't think we should judge the health care system as a whole on that basis.

    If one lesson should be learned from those tragic events is that helmets should be mandatory on the ski slopes. A helmet would have save Nathahsa Richardon's life.



  44. 44

    Re: sloan1970 – You're absolutely right!



  45. 45

    Hello Perez, you are an idiot on this one! You are praying that they will reevaluate trauma medicine in Canada? Can you say SOCIALIZED MEDICINE? That is what Obama wants for the U.S. You and the rest of the idiots that put him in office will help put this type of medical practice into motion. The ignorance of some is just amazing to me!



  46. 46

    First of all, MONTREAL IS IN QUEBEC
    Second, unlike the US, we have FREE HEALTHCARE, wich means that of couse we have less services to offer, but a least we never refuse to see a patient because he has no inssurance, even hobos
    Third, we can force anybody to be examine



  47. 47

    I don't think the Canadian trauma system is necessarily the problem. Rather, that care was delayed due to patient preference. Also, some would argue that air and ground transport are equivalent options for distances of 50 miles.



  48. 48

    The lady is dead now kill the story, no news here.



  49. 49

    I'm from Montréal. We heard about that sad story all week:

    They recommended a helmet when she got there. She refused. (Helmet can prevent brain injuries…) And after the accident, she refused treatment twice.

    She said like most of us do: «No, no. I'll be okay.»

    Helicopter or not (still, now they think about it), it was too late to save her anyway. But you know what? This week, many people realised how important it is to see a doctor if they hit their head, even when they think it'll be okay… And that wearing a helmet when you practice sports could save your life.



  50. 50

    Yes it is stupid that they don't have a helicopter service in that area. But clearly if there has never been a need for it, then they can't afford to have one. That money has gone to saving so many more lives. No one has pointed out the fact that if she was wearing a helmet she could still be here. And if she had treatment right away. Clearly all of the ifs and buts won't change anything. I hope this is isn't taken to critize the healthcare system, but for people to get treatment after head trama because generally it presents without symptoms. just like internal bleeding in a car accident. and for people to realize they should wear helmets.



  51. 51

    Re: stacestace – Fock you !



  52. 52

    Re: stacestace – To use the separatist argument here it totally irrelevant. You make it sound like every canadian city but Montreal, or the rest of Québec for that matter, have helicopter ambulances.



  53. 53

    Montreal IS in the Province of Quebec. Tremblant is about 83 miles north east of Montreal, basically in the middle of nowhere. I agree that it would be wise to have a medical helicopter available for ski emergencies given the distance between the resort and the nearest trauma centre.

    However, who's to say that even if there was a medical helicopter, that someone else wouldn't have needed it at the same time? Our health care system goes on need base, not 'I am richer than you' base. From all accounts, the medical team at the resort did all they possibly could to encourage her to get treatment asap. But no one anticipates a brain injury from a seemingly benign fall on the bunny hill.

    This is not the time to lay blame, there are far too many 'what ifs'.



  54. 54

    Re: Esin Emko

    If it happened in the US, she'd still be alive?..Is that because she was wealthy, and her family could afford to have her airlifted out? What if the same thing were to happen to a person of low income with no insurance in the US? Would they survive too?

    In the middle of an economic recession I'll take affordabilty any day. I like living in a country where all citizens can get health care, not just those who can afford it.

    There's so many 'what ifs' with this….I dont think it's fair to blame our health system OR Natasha's judgement. Accidents happen everyday and you can't make heads or tails of them.



  55. 55

    Re: Lol Girl Loves Chuck – #29 Yeah i would have bought Perez's
    book first.I'm not saying I would have read it but u could always use something to prop the door open!!Just kidddin Perez! I love u man. But then again I love novocaine shots right before the drilling!!

  56. midi says – reply to this


    56

    it's important to get checked out after you get a head injury, even if you feel fine.



  57. 57

    Re: the last star
    LOL
    He should have named the book after his real name. If it was called Mario, i would have definately bought it.



  58. 58

    It's sad and tragic Natasha lost her life because of a serious of unfortunate circumstances. However, Natasha CHOSE to not wear a helmet and REFUSED immediate medical treatment. The results of this accident, because of her choice of not wearing a helmet, caused the municipal and provincial taxpayers money. It's unfair and unwarranted to blame those who tried to help her the best they could!



  59. 59

    oh let it go perez….let her die in peace.



  60. 60

    I am an American who lives in Montreal. This is not a question of a "failing" of the Canadian/Quebec health system, as much as it is a tragedy of underestimating one's own danger inthis particular situation. Helicopter or not, the very sad truth is that had Ms. Richardson accepted the first offer to go to the hospital it would have increased her chances of survival as Mont Tremblatt is only 1 1/2 to 2 hours north of Montreal by car. Personally, I have only had wonderful health care experiences here in Canada, so please stop the flames against the system.

    My condolences to the family.



  61. 61

    Canada is to busy keeping all thier prisoners alive and well.



  62. 62

    universal healthcare at its best.



  63. 63

    Re: Major Dude honks for harryRe: LaDiva – aj, Mistress, Long Dong Connery, pabst, BBD, and anyone else I missed. Sorry, it's me, Hmm.. Bring back BBD & Harry Balsac!!. Mario's peeps blocked my account because I changed my avi to Harry's and put a heart in the corner of the photo. I guess they didn't like that!?! Then when I tried to post again, they changed my login to my email address!!! Hence your confusion Long Dong when I replied back to you, it was my hotmail account. So, they broke me down, I'm done!!! Leona wins again, vile beast.
    One last hit though…
    Fuck you Mario,
    Eat Shit AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO to all of you, I'll be watching, but not participating!!!
    Another fallen comrade!



  64. 64

    No it could not have been prevented. Simply you can prevent what you can't predict and when its your time it is your time.period..and no matter how or where its just your time….or we all should start 'prevent' our death from now…..



  65. 65

    Let this woman rest in peace and let her family grieve. It's bad enough to lose a loved one but when the media has to speculate and go on and on about this is just plain horrible for Liam and Natashas family. Nothing can be done. We can't change what has happened.



  66. 66

    perezhiltondotcom - lad, thank you for fighting the good fight!

    he's a peen eater and not worth sweating over! love the censorship though!

    HARRY RULES MUTHA FUCKAS!



  67. 67

    Gotta love socialized medical systems. I hope when I'm in Canada again I don't need emergency medical care.



  68. 68

    This isn't your drama mama Jade, so back off and leave this lady and her family alone.



  69. 69

    BTW - after I heard about the sad passing of Natasha from a seemingly not serious head trauma, I went out and bought a helmet that I am going to wear from now on when riding my bike. Experts are saying that her death could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. Also could have been prevented by having competent medical care - also she should have taken it more seriously after it happened. But maybe she didn't know that facts about the potential seriousness of a fall.



  70. 70

    Re: Moniker
    Moniker…good grief..

    Fascinating that you're such an expert on head injuries and and "expert" on the Canadian Healthcare system.

    You nor anybody else will never ever know if having a trauma team at the bottom of a ski hill (get f*cking real) would have helped her. Head Injuries are ALL unique. Getting to a trauma center asap provides your "BEST" chance for recovery. It's not "given".

    I'd challenge you find how many ski resorts in the world have a trauma center on-site?? Much of Canada has helicopter transport. Quebec could to if it was a priority, obviously it isn't. Attacking the Canadian healthcare system because of "transport" concerns is assinine. I bet you could find some stats on head injuries and mortality from head injuries sustained in NYC. I bet some people died…. {shocking}

    This was a freak accident. I've had plenty of wipe-outs, a lot more dramatic than this one. I've had one head-injury skating, not skiing. Not fun. But I can understand why she thought she was ok. Hard to know how serious a headache is until other symptoms emerge…no matter "where" you are or how far you're away from a hospital.



  71. 71

    Don't lie about canada's healthcare! Yeah she refused treatment but in other cases people have to f'n wait in line for simple procedures in canada and even other people with the same problems as her would possibly die with no helicopters near that resort and no hospitals to cater to this kind of trauma ! You all know Canada has really bad healthcare, you cant get things treated right away lots of times that in America you can get treated! And you may die when in America they rush you and get you to the hospital most of the time within an hour or two at the most! So don't tell me or lie about this and say Cananda as a great system, it may have some great doctors but there is nothin they can do when they don't have the proper tools and they have to do it a certain way that is not beneficial to their country. So stop with your pride about your shitty country!



  72. 72

    Two things:

    1) sacre coeur hospital is probably one of the most advanced trauma centres in all of Quebec, so it is not a crappy montreal hospital, she was in good hands. The reason this is probably the best trauma hospital is in fact because it is the closest to the laurentiens where the major ski slopes are concentrated near Montreal.

    2) I agree having no helicopters is a major flaw, but I look at the time line given and ste-agathe-des-monts is roughly a 45 minute drive from the hospital she was taken to…so I ask myself how could it have taken over 3 hours to get from point A to point B in an ambulance when you are going against traffic…so something doesn't make sense.

    the conclusion is wear a helmet no matter what…I doubt we'd even be talking about this today had she been wearing one…you're going down a slope at high speeds why take the risk



  73. 73

    Don't lie about canada's healthcare! Yeah she refused treatment but in other cases people have to f'n wait in line for simple procedures in canada and even other people with the same problems as her would possibly die with no helicopters near that resort and no hospitals to cater to this kind of trauma ! You all know Canada has really bad healthcare, you cant get things treated right away lots of times that in America you can get treated!! And you may die when in America they rush you and get you to the hospital most of the time within an hour or two at the most! So don't tell me or lie about this and say Cananda as a great system, it may have some great doctors but there is nothin they can do when they don't have the proper tools and they have to do it a certain way that is not beneficial to their country. So stop with your pride about your shitty country!



  74. 74

    Also if it was so great, you wouldnt have canadians in NY trying to get care all the time at the hospitals there! Or have them going to other places, places in New England, so stfu!



  75. 75

    BITCH REFUSED MEDICAL CARE! WUT IS THERE MORE TO SPEAK OF? SORRY LIAM, NO LAW SUIT HERE IF THAT'S WHAT YOU THINKING…



  76. 76

    Re: RedWingsFan – hey whatsup
    Re: .perezhilton.com – sorry to hear that you have become a fallen comrade….



  77. 77

    @ 76
    u ready to suck my ballz… round 3 bitch…



  78. 78

    if every freakin person knows what to do in case of an emergency, a lot of person would be alive now. When someone falls pretty badly, and says "oh I'm OK, but I have a very bad headache" ask her to raise her arms up, or spell her name or just smile. If she cannot do that, go as far as you can to the emergercy, that person is doing a stroke.
    go take a emergency class, for god's sake.
    you can blame her friends not knowing that… not the health system. we may have a few problems with our health system in québec, but its free for everybody and we don't let people die in our waiting rooms like it happen months ago in new york!!!



  79. 79

    Re: Lol Girl Loves Chuck – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARIO.I WOULD HAVE DEFINATELY BOUGHT AND READ IT.ACTUALLY I CAN'T COMPLAIN I HAVE NEVER BEEN BANNED ON THIS SITE ON ANYTHING I WROTE!!!



  80. 80

    Read this 2 days ago on TMZ. Get with it!



  81. 81

    She could have prevented the whole catastrophy by wearing a helmet because she was a novice. Didn't she remember Sonny Bono?



  82. 82

    Re: BBBoricua – hey whatsup



  83. 83

    ENOUGH!!! The only lesson to be learned from this is that you can never be too careful when you hit your head so better to be safe than sorry. Stop trying to turn this into a sensational drama about the quality of Canada's healthcare or into a crusade for helmets (which probably would NOT have helped her anyway, since damage to the brain can occur simply from extreme motion). RIP Natasha Richardson.



  84. 84

    I dont think it is necesarrily just MONTREAL to blame… Richardson (sorry to say) is also to blame… She could have been seen right away but refused paramedics. If a person is conscious and they say they do not want help, the paremedics legally cannot touch that person. If ANYONE gets a head injury they should check it out. So had she been seen sooner, maybe it could have been prevented.. but there is no point in pointing the finger here perez. Its done.



  85. 85

    as a canadian 6 hours away from quebec, i assure you our system is not bulit on affordabiliy, and it is bulit on care. LETS NOT FORGET THAT SHE REFUSED SAID CARE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. she she been seen earlier, she would have been transpoted to a more appropriate hospital sooner. so the person who worte post #7 can fuck right off, because here in canada we are all entiled as EQUALS to the same health care. but its no good if you refuse it. the poor girl probably never gave it a second thought.



  86. 86

    Wow, this was totally C&Pd from msn.com, who ran the story 2 days ago. Maybe if Canada had a better health care system, this wouldn't have happened.



  87. 87

    Re: devil_dawg_wife – Get used to it…All of fat Mario's stories are stolen from other blogs hours and days after they've posted them except some of them about Lady GagGag and no talent Katy Perry because he spends his time licking their twats everyday when they are constantly trying to avoid and disassociate themselves from him.



  88. 88

    Re: ScrewCanadaAndTheirSystem – From your violent and abusive comments I can understand how in 2003 - 90% of americans gave their support to bush for attacking innocent Iraqi people. They only stopped supporting the war when not winning fast enough, cowards ! I happen to love my "shitty" country, at least we don't invade and massacre innocent people.



  89. 89

    National Health Care means minimal healthcare and all. We do not want this type of healthcare in our country.



  90. 90

    OK, I'm sorry to break the news but Montreal IS equipped "with helicopters for medical transport"! The Royal-Victoria Hospital (which is part of the "McGill University Health Centre") often receives patients from up north with helicopters. So don't blame the system when you obviously don't know squat about it. If they had wanted to use helicopters, they could have brought her to the Royal-Vic.



  91. 91



  92. 92

    Re: ScrewCanadaAndTheirSystem

    if our healthcare is so shitty how come we have longer life expectancies? nice try buddy but as a canadian who has been to emergency several times for serious things, chest pains, abdominal pains, they assess based on severity and i have never waited more than 10 minutes. and after that not longer than 5 to see a doctor. Add to this, unlike some americans believe we do not have our doctors assigned to us.

    we get it all for FREE and dont have to deal with idiot insurance agencies who turn you away for the most asinine reasons.

    Also we arent up here banging away with sticks… proper machines? yeah we have those, state of the art, some americans are sometimes so astonishingly ethnocentric, when europe and canada have better healthcare than the us, you may have the fancy machines, but we help the majority of our people, quickly, and without cost.

    the canadians that go to the states for medical care (not many of them btw compared to the americans that come here for free clinics and cheaper prescriptions..), are very wealthy and often go for elective surgery. we dont wait for crucial or emergency surgery.. that is ridiculous. we also have our own private clinics that do these elective surgeries to the members of the population who wish to pay (still less than in the states.)

    before you swing around your (shitty) opinion about canada and socialized medicare, consider educating yourself first.



  93. 93

    # 90
    ahhhhh my ballz need a good licking… u know how to do it the way i want. get on all fours n suck it ,,,, suck it bitch, fucking suck it til it bleeds…..ahhhh memories …..remember your'e my bitch… and i want to fuck you in your face…



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    no matter what, it's totally tragic and my heart goes out to the family, her and her husband seemed like such a great couple.



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    Looks like its mainly her own fault. Thats a shame. She should have just went right away to be safe.



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    PS. Canada blows



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    "could it have been prevented?" DOES IT MATTER NOW? IT WASN'T PREVENTED!!!!!!!! SHE'S DEAD!!!!!!!! I WISH OUR FUCKING CULTURE COULD JUST LET THINGS GO, LET HER FAMILY GRIEVE IN PEACE AND STOP FUCKING AROUND ON "WHAT IF'S" AND "COULD HAVE'S"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HER UNFORTUNATE DEATH IS UNCHANGEABLE!!!!!!!!!!



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    Montreal is a city — this is how it goes: Canada is a COUNTRY (like U.S.A. is) — Quebec is a PROVINCE in Canada– (kind of like a state, for example CALIFORNIA, is in U.S.A.) — Montreal is a CITY in the province (like LOS ANGELES is a city in California). Hope that clears it up far those who have never had access to a map. There is also a Quebec City, but this story appears to have happened nearer to Montreal.



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    Could socialized medicine have anything to do with this?

  100. Ajoe says – reply to this


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    I agree with most of the comments on here. All your speculation won't bring Natasha back. Plus, you're way off trying to blame everyone else for her death. No one is to blame but Natasha. I work as a paramedic and you can't force someone to go to the hospital. It is called kidnapping. As long as Natasha was alert, oriented, and able to make her own decisions without impairment, she had every right to refuse transport to a hospital. It was her decision not to go to the hospital despite the warnings of the ski patrol, the mountain physician, and the general manager. Finally, according to reports, she finally took the advice of the MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS around her and went to the hospital. Unfortunately, she took the advice too late and there was no chance of recovery with the head injury she incurred. I love your website, but you are way off in your assessment of this matter. No one is to blame in this matter except Natasha and her friends and family around her at the time of the incident. The ski patrol, mountain physicians, and paramedics did everything they could for her. Stop playing into the bullshit of this lawsuit heavy society. People need to take responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming everyone else for their misfortune!!!

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