April 15, 2013

Traumatic Amputations Accompany Boston Marathon Explosions

Two explosions at the Boston Marathon resulted in two deaths so far, and a minimum of 115 injured.

The physical damage to many of the victims of the explosions is devastating. Of the 19 that were being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital, six were "“very severely injured. Their legs were blown off and they were bleeding profusely,” according to Dr. Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services.

Conn added that there were others that suffered “traumatic amputation,” with their limbs blown off.

At this one hospital a trauma team has been activated, a backup trauma team mobilized, and a secondary backup team as well.

One report says among the dead is an eight-year-old boy. It's unknown at this time the survival chances of some of the more severely injured victims.

As for the two explosions, the quick succession of the blasts suggests the probability of a terrorist attack. An AP report said two more explosive devices were found and were in the process of being dismantled.

A federal law enforcement representative said a there are a minimum of 3 dead and at least 132 people injured from the blasts.

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