Natasha Richardson 911 Transcripts Reveal Timeline of Tragedy
Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper has obtained transcripts of the 911 call and medic radio transmissions regarding actress Natasha Richardson's fatal ski accident, shedding further light on the events as they unfolded on that fateful day of March 16. Richardson sustained a head injury during a skiing lesson at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada at approximately noon. Transcripts indicate that an ambulance was summoned at 12:43. At 1 p.m., an ambulance, which would ultimately be turned away, arrived at the scene. "10-17," a medic radioed in, indicating that they had arrived. "Uhh, we're still waiting for the patient." Eleven minutes later, the medic again radioed ih. "There's a [ski] patroller who just went by, who tells me it's a 10-3," he reported, indicating a canceled call. Nearly two hours later, as Richardson began to experience severe headaches, another 911 call was placed at 2:59 p.m.: "Priority 1, Mont Tremblant," the dispatcher noted. "This will be at the Hotel Quintessence, Suite No. 11. For a female, 41 years old. 17-Delta-1." Priority 1 is the most serious in ambulance code, requiring the ambulance to race to the scene with sirens on. 17-Delta-1 indicates that a situation is now considered "dangerous." Forty-five minutes later, as medics loaded Richardson onto an ambulance en route to local hospital Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Sainte-Agathe, Richardson's condition appeared to be hopeful. She was assessed with a Glasgow coma scale score of 12 out of 15, well within the range of treatability. Likewise, Richardson's vital signs were reassuring, with a blood pressure of 124 over 86 and a pulse rate of 70. Medics radioed in that Richardson was "verbal," but slipping. They assessed her with an orientation rating of 0, meaning she wasn't aware of her location, which day it was, or what had happened to her. Richardson was then transported to Sacré-Coeur Hospital trauma center in Montreal, and eventually to Lenox Hill hospital in New York. At approximately 8 p.m. on March 18, a publicist for Richardson's husband, actor Liam Neeson, released a statement that Richardson had died, from what medical examiners later determined to be "blunt impact to the head."