natasha-richardsonThe freak skiing accident that actress Natasha Richardson suffered resulting in a very bleak outlook. Richardson, 45, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a devastating head injury Monday while skiing on a beginner’s slope outside Montreal during a trip with at least one of her two sons.
Vanessa was reportedly lucid and talking for several hours after her accident, then fell unconscious. Her husband, Liam Neeson, 56, raced from a Toronto movie set to be with her as she was hospitalized.

She remains in a New York hospital, and her family and friends have all but given up hope that she’ll recover from her head injury. A family friend told People that:

“There is no chance. “It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead.”

Her fragile condition, described as “leakage of blood between the brain and skull has the actress’s family coming to grips with potentially having to make an unthinkably difficult decision. “It’s not official yet,” says the friend, “but they basically will detach her.”

Family and friends gathered for a vigil yesterday. We’re sending up prayers.

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