Anatomy of a brain injury – Details of gifted beauty’s precious last hours

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(excerpted from dailymail.co.uk) The Tony-award winning actress was escorted back to her hotel by a ski instructor after her accident on Monday.

But within an hour she began to complain of headaches, nausea and dizziness as a blood clot began to develop in her brain.

She lost consciousness as she was taken to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien where her condition deteriorated rapidly.

Medical sources said that CT scans of her brain revealed a tear in the temporal artery in the left side of the brain and she was immediately transferred to Montreal’s Sacre Coeur Hospital.

She was given steroids to reduce the bleeding, but scans showed that her level of brain activity was minimal.

Doctors operated to remove the blood clot but shortly afterwards she suffered a devastating stroke when the tear to the artery widened.

She was put on a life support machine, although doctors said even then she was brain dead.

Her family later took the decision to transfer her to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, the city where the family live, so loved ones could pay their final respects before the life support machine was switched off.

Neeson is said to have sat in silence holding his wife’s hand and caressing her pale face as she was taken from the airport in New Jersey to Manhattan. LINK

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