I have followed the ski injury and death of Natasha Richardson this week with sadness. It is sad anytime someone so young loses their life in such an unexpected way, especially when they leave behind a loving husband and children. I am a big fan of Liam Neeson and recognized Richardson's face, but did not realize why she was so familiar to me until this morning when my daughter and I were watching the morning news while getting her ready for school. They showed a picture of Richardson and mentioned that she was in The Parent Trap, something my daughter knew before they even said it. That is one of our all time favorite family movies. We have probably seen it a dozen times. My daughter said "Aww man, that really stinks" when she saw the news of her death. Yes, it sure does.
Update: This is a wonderful story about a little girl whose life was saved because her parents heard about Richardson's death.
A young girl in Ohio who suffered the same brain injury as Natasha Richardson is alive today because her parents
took her to the hospital after hearing about Richardson's brain injury and
CNN reports that Morgan McCracken, 7, was hit in the head with a baseball
during a game with her dad and brother in the family backyard. The girl's
parents iced her injury, and she seemed fine for two days, even getting an A on
her spelling test.
Morgan's mom and dad, Connie and Donald McCracken, learned of Natasha
Richardson's accident, in which she injured her head but was lucid and talking
afterward, and wondered if their daughter was truly OK following the baseball
accident, CNN reports. That night, Morgan began complaining of a headache, so
the family ventured out to the emergency room. Morgan was in such bad shape by
the time they got there that she had to be transferred to a children's hospital
by helicopter, where she was immediately taken into surgery, according to CNN.