Here's the thing. The fall was violent enough for her ski instructor to have called athe Ski Patrol. It was of enough concern that an ambulance was called and suggested she get evaluated by hospital personel. She refused because she felt silly and fine.
It's all speculation at this point but it is more than probable that a hospital evaluation and ct scan would have detected the damage and steps could have been taken to save her. By the time she did go to the hospital, the damage was done. End of story.
Lesson to be learned, reguardless of how hard you hit your head or you think you could have done something serious to your brain, get it checked out anyhow. It's always safe to be embarrased than to end up regretting what could have been. Especially with your children.
About helmets, this always ends up being the discussion every time we hear of a death. she would have been ok if she had a helmet on. Who really knows? Brain injuries happen from the impact of the brain moving inside the scull. In this case, a helmet could have prevented the bleeding, maybe not. Next we'll be hearing about mandatory legislation for skiers. That's crap. I have a helmet. i wear it when I want and don't when I want. That's my choice, my freedom to choose.
most auto accident fatalities are due to head injuries. Why not force everyone to wear a helmet while in a car? You have a much greater chance of dying in a car than while skiing. And out of respect, if this turns into another helmet debate, take it to another thread. jmho