Scary that it seemed a straightforward knock on the head and makes me realise just how lucky I was after my accident when the hospital couldn't get rid of me fast enough despite a very nasty knock to the head and serious concussion.
My partner told me about her death this morning and I am devastated for her husband, sons and family
How very tragic.
I just wonder though in light of this accident and it being on a nursery slope, whilst being supervised too, as to whether or not we should all be thinking about wearing head protection when skiing or taking part in other snow sports that can involve speed, collisions or falls/trips.
I was only saying to someone yesterday after I had read about the accident that when you think that people can attain high speeds on ski slopes, even when not taking part competitively. Speeds that can compare with motorcycle speeds in some cases, or even cars ( at lower speeds). Motorcyclists have helmets and car drivers/passengers have seatbelts. But if you are hurtling down a ski slope and gawd only knows what speed then what protection is there for your body and head should an accident happen.
I don't ski and never have so don't know much about the sport. I don't know if there are provisions for safety already in place? But if not then surely there should be.
I know that what happened to Natasha was a tragic accident, but if she had been wearing some form of head protection then this may not have happened. I don't mean that in a callous way especially as this very beautiful and talented lady has tragically lost her life. But I am saying what I am right now in reaction to what has happened and it has highlighted the fact that our heads are indeed precious. We only get one. What may seem a small knock/bang on the head may in fact lead to an injury which is life threatening, in this case it was
Perhaps after this accident there may be some form of safety review with regards to equipment or clothing worn whilst skiing or doing similar sports/activities. I certainly hope there is.
Very, very sad
never mind certain other people in the news recently, this is really tragic. one day alive and walking away apparently fine, then pretty much gone the next. How awful for them all. and all her connections wondering if they could have done more at the time. I know these things happen to regular people and we never hear but IMO tragic is not enough to describe these things.
How terribly, terribly tragic. What a shock for the family.
It seemed such an innocuous incident as well. I wonder if a post mortem might reveal she had an undiagnosed/unknown aneurysm on the brain, a ticking timebome of sorts, that was susceptible to even minor head trauma ? I realise that's complete speculation on my part, but by all reports it seems such a trivial accident that caused no mark/bump/bruise/bleeding. Seems incredibly surreal to think it has claimed her life. We all bump our heads on things and I've never dreamt I should seek medical attention. Scary.
Just sounded like the sort of accident that hurts nothing but one's pride.
RIP Natasha. Another mother and wife taken too soon, so tragic.
Sadly it is not at all uncommon for people to sustain a brain injury and appear lucid at first, only to deteriorate rapidly later on.
What struck me most about this is the issue of wearing a helmet. I realise that it does come down to personal choice but I can't imagine any reputable establishment teaching someone to ride with wearing a hard hat - so why on earth teach someone to ski without wearing any protection
I am so terribly sad for this, and obviously her leaving behind her young family and husband.
I live in Canada, and before anything, I bought a helmet. It is the norm here in Canada to wear helmets, and if you see people without, you generally assume they are Europeans, and most of the time you're right. That or old school guys who see it much like alot of riders did with the addition of hats / chin straps etc... I mean a Beagler is about as useful as a chocolate fire guard in a fall...
It makes me realise that I was perhaps a bit silly not going to hospital when I cracked my head on black ice earlier this year.... It was such a knock it took my breath away.
I have had concussion a few times, but will be a bit more careful now.
As for those taking the slopes - remember it doesn't matter what slope you are on, falling on hard snow / ice is like falling on concrete.... And Tremblant is not known for fluffy powder snow, so it would likely have been hard packed and icy. I'm making that assumption and do not write from accurate knowledge...