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Natasha Richardson’s death sparks calls for head protection… March 28, 2009

Posted by intebic in Uncategorized.

By Gina Carbone

PORTSMOUTH — The death of actress Natasha Richardson has launched an international discussion on safety measures to prevent brain injuries.

Richardson died March 18 at a Manhattan hospital after falling while skiing on a beginner’s slope March 16 in Canada.

“I was devastated,” said Brie Bourn of Portsmouth, who lives with a brain injury after surviving a car accident 12 years ago.

The New York City medical examiner’s office said Richardson died from an epidural hematoma, which causes bleeding between the skull and the brain’s covering. She wasn’t wearing a helmet when she fell.

Carol Davis, senior program coordinator at SteppingStones, the Krempels Brain Injury Foundation’s community-based day program in Portsmouth, said about 38 percent of the brain injuries the organization sees comes from falls…

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