Re: OT - Natasha Richardson
- From: "Ozgirl" <are_we_there_yet@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:29:10 +1000
This is definitely a sad, sad situation, but I'm not ready to jump on
the helmet bandwagon.
I'm with you on the helmet. A helmet can't prevent the impact breaking
skulls or traumatising the brain. Bang your head against a wall and then do
it with a helmet on. It still hurts, the brain still moves around inside the
skull. A specialist in a kid's hospital ICU when I was there with my
daughter spoke to a woman whose kid had to have part of his skull removed
(temporarily) to allow for brain swelling after the kid got hit by a car
while on his bike. He claimed helmets didn't offer the protection we think
and makes one feel a false sense of security plus kids don't have peripheral
vision til they are about ten and wearing a helmet makes vision worse.
Wearing a motorcycle helmet (full-faced) generally just stops the
motorcyclist losing their face in an accident, it rarely saves the head and
brain from being damaged. I think its too easy to say a helmet would
prevent the kind if damage Natasha got. It sounds like she fell full-on on
the head, otherwise she would have had possibly broken limbs trying to
prevent her head hitting the ground.
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