Natasha Richardson’s organs donated

Liam Neeson and Natasha's mother, Vanessa Redgrave at the funeral

 Natasha Richardson’s family asked that as soon as she was taken off life support last week, that her organs be donated. A family friend told People magazine that Natasha would have wanted that, adding, “She spent so much time fighting the stigma of AIDS; someone like that would naturally donate her organs. At least by donating her organs something good could come out of [the tragedy].” As for Richardson’s husband, Liam Neeson, close friend friend Blaine Trump said the actor and his two sons are coping. “Liam is doing okay,” Trump told People. “It takes a while to absorb this. They will take it one step at a time. With good friends by their side, they will get through the tough days ahead.” Richardson died in a New York hospital after suffering a fatal brain injury following a fall on a ski hill in Quebec last week. ~movi_alex

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  1. Joshua • March 26, 2009 @ 12:20 PM

    It’s a bit morbid I suppose but I asked my partner to do the same thing if anything were to happen to me. I think its important to make something good come out of a tragedy like this. Something like donating your organs after death could give someone else the chance at life again.

    As for Liam and the children, I wish them all the best in this Difficult time. I’m a huge fan of Liam Neeson, it’s hard to watch this sort of thing happen to anybody let alone someone you have great respect for.

    Rest in peace Natasha.

  2. ke • March 26, 2009 @ 3:46 PM

    yes, that’s admirable. i suppose it must be hard to have your loved one’s organs be given away like that. i think naturally we’d want them to be buried ‘whole’.. you know? anyway i’m still saddened by this. one thing i’ve been thinking about since her death has been how quick people take their loved ones off life support. i know its the only way..i mean if they’re dying then they’re dying. but i can’t imagine taking someone i loved off so fast. i mean she was injured monday and they took her off on it just me? if i were in that position, i would probably wait for god knows how long…but maybe haning on to empty hope is worse. i don’t know.

  3. lily • March 26, 2009 @ 8:30 PM

    I respect how you feel, ke, but I think organ donation is the only possible good thing that could come of a loved one’s death. At least Natasha’s little boys will know that some people got another chance at life because of there mommy. Joshua, thats wonderful that you already made this commitment. I’ve talked about it with my husband too and we promised each other to follow through when the time comes. Its not morbid at all, just practical, or thats what we think anyway.

  4. Nancy • March 26, 2009 @ 10:28 PM

    ke, It would be too soon for me, as well. I mean, deep down, I really wouldn’t want my loved one to suffer (I know I wouldn’t want to) but, 2 days IS pretty quick for such a FINAL decision. I think I would always wonder, even though the Dr’s say there’s no chance…if I had just waited 1 more day to decide, would my loved one have awoke? I hope I never have to be in that position.

  5. ke • March 26, 2009 @ 10:58 PM

    that’s exactly what i mean, nancy. how can you come to grips with what’s happened AND decide to let them go in 2 days. not enough time for me and yes, i always think that maybe if you or they waited a little longer a new development would’ve happened and then maybe…i just can’t imagine deciding to take them off life support after having only been in the condition for 2 days. i guess there really WAS no hope.

  6. Ella • March 27, 2009 @ 1:24 PM

    I’ve been in that position – so I have to be blunt that you don’t know what it feels like. A single hour when your loved one is on life support feels like months. But when you do realize that there is no way your loved one can come back, you want to end their suffering as quickly as possible. So until you’ve been there, you can’t possibly understand.

    That photo is absolutely heartbreaking, and sadly I know the feeling all too well. I envy that they were able to donate the organs, it’s such a wonderful tribute to her life to have been able to ensure that another life can continue with that donation.

  7. Nancy • March 27, 2009 @ 4:11 PM

    I have had more than one family member who has been on life support but what I meant was that I wouldn’t want to have to be in the postion of making the decision to end it.

  8. Erin • March 27, 2009 @ 6:17 PM

    I wish the Richardson/Neeson family my deepest sympathies at this time. That decision would have of course been heartwrenching to make. But 1 thing I noticed wasn’t mentioned was that she had (reported prior) apparently been pronounced brain dead. So I would think that prolonging the inevitable would have been even harder on her loved ones. May she rest in peace and her family be given the privacy they need to grieve.

  9. tributegirl • March 27, 2009 @ 6:59 PM

    I think they did it exactly as it felt best for them. At least they all had time to say their goodbye’s, which is extremely difficult. I think the organ donation is something that may actually help them heal.

  10. Adrienne • March 27, 2009 @ 9:50 PM

    The photo of Vanessa is heartbreaking. She seems to be taking the loss the hardest, which isn’t surprising. To outlive your child must be the worst pain a person can endure. I’ve seen pictures of Natasha’s sons at the funeral and outside the hospital and for whatever reason, they’re always grinning, I don’t understand that, they’re what? 12 and 13? That’s old enough to understand that their mother has died. Liam also seems to be holding up well. But seeing Vanessa makes me feel like bursting into tears. And I agree with those who thought two days was too fast. They’re not poor people – they could afford to keep her on life support for a few more days, so that everyone could let it sink in that she wasn’t going to make it, to really say goodbye. I’ve been through the same thing and it took me almost a week to let the reality sink in. And I wasn’t grinning at the funeral or hospital, that’s for sure. I don’t think I smiled again for weeks.

  11. tributegirl • March 28, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

    I noticed that too, Adrienne, and thought it was odd.

  12. Jo-Anne. • March 29, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    doesn’t anyone feel what Liam and the family decided to do was a……personal thing?

    no right or wrong here

  13. tributegirl • March 30, 2009 @ 5:32 PM

    Actually, I have to agree, Jo, I think different people would react in different ways, and I think they probably did what felt right for them. And that’s what’s most important here.

  14. lily • March 30, 2009 @ 5:44 PM

    Can I agree with both of the last two messages, and with Erin and Ella, without being called an @$$ kisser? I just don’t think we should be judging at all on this one.

  15. Nancy • March 30, 2009 @ 6:29 PM

    Yes lily…agreeing is NOT @$$ kissing…it’s all that “Oh your so nice; glad you’re on board; thanks for the compliment; you’re so funny; you can be my sister if you spoil me rotten”…now THAT’S @$$ kissing! As for judging/not judging on this one…that’s your opinion. I’m speaking for myself here, not for ke, I said “for me, 2 days is pretty quick for such a FINAL decision”. FOR ME…if it were one of my loved one’s…I didn’t judge Natasha’s family and I really don’t believe that ke was saying they’re decision was wrong either. Of course we know it was their decision and that it was a “personal thing”.

  16. lily • March 30, 2009 @ 7:36 PM

    I guess we’ll just have to disagree on a couple things here, Nancy. What you see as @$$ kissing is just people being nice to each other, in my eyes. And just like you always say, I will go on saying exactly what I want no matter who critisizes me. And as for not judging, “i mean she was injured monday and they took her off on it just me?” (ke) well, that sounds pretty judgemental to me.
    Sorry if I’m grouchy about this issue. It just feels really awful to me that people are hinting that Liam and his family didn’t love Natasha enough to leave her on the machine.

  17. Nancy • March 30, 2009 @ 8:12 PM

    Like I said lily, ‘I’ wasn’t being judgemental towards Natasha’s family and I also said that I was just speaking for me, not ke. I also would have to disagree with you about the “just people being nice to each other”….that goes BEYOND being nice, in my opinion, and I NEVER said that you had to stop saying the things you want to suit anyone, even me…..BUT….vise versa, right? And, same for ke and everyone else right? Even on the Natasha Richardson issue, right? I never saw anything in ke’s comments that insinuated “Liam and his family didn’t love Natasha enough to leave her on the machine” and I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion on the topic, once again, without being picked at for it. I mean, you, me or anyone else could have come flying in here over Adrienne’s comment about Natasha’s children smiling….BUT, like ALL the rest of us, Adriennne is entitled to her opinion too, so who can bash her for it as long as she stays on topic too?

  18. lily • March 30, 2009 @ 8:45 PM

    Well, I guess I have to go along with you on that last part, Nancy. I was SO tempted to reply to Adrienne but I held back because, just as you say, she is just as entitled to her opinion as anybody else.

  19. Loretta • March 30, 2009 @ 9:19 PM

    Firstly, My condolences to the Neeson/Richardson family. Natasha was a wonderful actress and a good-hearted person. I commend her husband and family members for making the decision to have her taken off life-support and to have her organs donated. I am an ICU nurse and have seen the tragedies of families in similar situations many times. There is very strict and specific criteria that must be met in order for brain death to be diagnosed, and a patient must be examined by and declared brain dead by more than one physician. There are some brain injuries that are so extensive that sustainable life is just not possible. Taking a person of life-support does not “end their suffering.” They do not suffer at all, they cannot feel anything and except for the machines and medications that keep their lungs and hearts functioning, are unable to function in any capacity. So why prolong the inevitable? The families of these patients need time to say goodbye to their loved one, so time frames vary before life support is stopped. Because Liam and his family made the decision to take Natasha off life-support after a couple of days should not be seen as them not given her a “chance”, and definitely not seen as a means to save hospital costs. It would have been nothing less than an informed and compassionate decision. And it was a good decision. Organ donation is a gift of life. I still remember how touched I was to hear from the organ donation team how the donated organs of a former patient of mine benefited several people. They each were blessed with the chance of continued life. So again, I commend Natasha’s family and truly feel the timing of their decisions was more than appropriate.

  20. lily • March 30, 2009 @ 9:50 PM

    loretta, I thank you with my whole heart for that wonderful message. You explained everything so clearly and with so much tenderness for the patients and their families. You have truly said all there is to say on this subject, with all its elements of tragedy and also heroic courage and generosity.

  21. Jo-Anne • March 31, 2009 @ 2:38 PM

    “and I NEVER said that you had to stop saying the things you want to suit anyone, even me”

    Whew!!! Thank God for this, I was SO SO worried I couldn’t continue to post what I wanted…I couldn’t sleep last night…

    my special note to lily, my friend, comrade, soon to be sister I plan to spoil rotten, web buddy…continue to post whatever you want to address me, I’ll answer you…oh, and have a great day!

  22. Nancy • March 31, 2009 @ 4:26 PM

    Awwe, hey there Jo-Anne. First of all, I was speaking to lily, and secondly, I was replying to this comment of lily’s to me on March 30, 7:36 pm:

    “And just like you always say, I will go on saying exactly what I want no matter who critisizes me.”

    So, not only are you an @$$ kisser (JUDGING by your last paragraph in your last comment) but, you’re also going senile…either that or you just don’t read properly, because your middle paragraph was a little “out there”…if ya know what I mean. LMAO.

  23. Jo-Anne. • April 1, 2009 @ 12:03 PM

    awwe, Nancy, and here I was thinking you are ALWAYS “accidentally on purpose” addressing me, no matter who you speak to….

  24. Nancy • April 1, 2009 @ 4:36 PM

    No, that’s YOU who does that. Isn’t there some kind of a medical term for those who project themselves on others? Where’s that Mr. Psychologist, Mike guy when you need him? 😛

  25. lily • April 2, 2009 @ 4:26 PM

    Jo-Anne, for that March 31 comment, LOL! I think your my first “BFFINM” (best friend forever I’ve never met). I just made that up! What do you think?

  26. Nancy • April 2, 2009 @ 5:06 PM

    Thinking makes Jo-Anne’s head hurt, LOL. I don’t know why, but Jo-Anne is always so angry…you seem angry too, lily..?? Hey lily, how about BFFAK? It stands for “Best Friends For…” and, well, you know what the “AK” means (refer to your comment above on March 30 @ 5:44 pm). 😛 LMFAO!

  27. Nancy • April 2, 2009 @ 5:07 PM

    M W A H !

  28. Jo-Anne. • April 2, 2009 @ 8:50 PM

    I think it works, lily! Thanks.

  29. lily • April 3, 2009 @ 7:19 AM

    Nancy, LOL. Yes, I am a bit grumpy sometimes, especially if I just worked an extra hard night (I clean offices). Sorry. I find it a real break to come on here and I guess I should watch my mouth better.

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