Originally posted by Irish M1ck
Did anyone ever read what exactly killed her? I have searched many stories and haven't found anything yet.
What happened is she fell and bumped her head which hemmoraged her brain. At that point the person usually feels completely normal, but as blood
continues to rush from the brain and get trapped between your brain and skull the pressure continues to build. Then the symptoms set in over the next
couple hours, thats why she felt -ok-, went to her room and within a couple hours was in critical condition. The blood had built up to a point where
it was already too late.
The incident happened on monday, and by tuesday reports of her being brain dead were surfacing. This highlights the brain hemorrhage theory, and
Wednesday the family decided to end her life by removing life support.
Other forms of head injuries can result in mini cracks to form and blood slowly trickles out. Ultimately leading to the aforementioned situation, but
over a longer period sometimes upto a couple days after the original incident before real signs start to appear. Doctors agree that only early
recognition of brain hemorrhaging can save the person from brain damage or death.
On topic, I believe that a helmet would have saved her life. I am an avid snowboarder, and I was thinking about this incident while I was up in
whistler wednesday, I heard reports of her actual death that morning on my way up for the day. I used to wear a helmet, and I have no problem with
wearing a helmet, I simply don't anymore because I no longer have one but I think I am going to invest.
On the mandatory topic, I believe its a wise idea to make them mandatory and I am normally against practically anything that's mandatory. But here's
my reasoning; almost all 'cool' people and avid boarders and skiiers that push the envelope ALREADY voluntarily wear helmets and no one requires
So who would mandatory helmet laws really effect? Amateurs and people that do not actually partake in the activity often, the exact people who are
most ignorant to the risks, and are the most likely to lose control and fall. People like Richardson. Experienced boarders/skiiers have had their
share of falls to get them used to protecting themselves in that event. Additionally their skill helps them avoid falls and spills through much better
control of their movement.
The odd thing is, is even though I never seen what happened to her, I am quite sure that I have witnessed hundreds of much more severe incidents on
the slopes in which all parties were ultimately ok, or at least, not dead.