According to Yves Coderre, director of operations for Ambulances Radisson, which responded to both 911 calls for actress Natasha Richardson on Monday, it took about four hours to get the actress to a hospital.
But the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that it took closer to six hours.
According to reports: The ambulance carrying Richardson left Mont Tremblant at 3:47 p.m. for Centre Hospitalier Laurentian, a small hospital some 25 miles away, where Richardson was stabilized, transferred to an ambulance and began the long trip to the trauma center of Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal, 52 miles away.
She arrived there close to 7 p.m.
Why did it take almost six hours for Richardson to get to a hospital capable of caring for her?
The answer: no choppers
Quebec’s medical evacuation system has NO emergency helicopters to transfer patients quickly to superior hospitals in Montreal.
"Our system isn’t set up for traumas and doesn’t match what’s available in other Canadian cities, let alone in the States," Tarek Razek, director of trauma services for the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, told the Associated Press.
Good to know if you’re planning a ski trip to Montreal. Or anywhere.
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Photo: Natasha Richardson’s grandmother’s grave site in Millbrook, N.Y. Credit: FilmMagic