At least 11 of the survivors of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon lost limbs. And some lost two of them, injuries that will forever change their lives.
Doctors who treat amputees said recovery is costly — both emotionally and financially — and will take months or even years.
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At Boston Medical Center there were “a lot of amputations,” said Andrew Ulrich, executive vice chairman of the hospital’s department of emergency medicine. Five people needed either amputations or treatment for limbs blown off in the blast. More than one had both legs amputated.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Ron Walls, chairman of the department of emergency medicine, said one amputation had been performed at the hospital, and two more victims there are in danger of amputation.
Dr. George Velmahos, chief trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General, said Tuesday morning that four patients there have undergone amputations and two more limbs are in jeopardy.
Tim Corcoran of Warwick, R.I., said his sister-in-law, Celeste, had lost both legs in the attack and that her 18-year-old daughter’s legs had been “ripped open” by shrapnel. Mr. Corcoran’s brother, who was standing with them, was “devastated,” he said.
Liz Norden, a mother of five, told the Boston Globe that two of her adult sons, ages 31 and 33, were standing near the finish line when the blast went off, apparently near the 8-year-old boy who died. Each lost a leg at the knee. One was taken to Beth¬Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the other at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Jane Richard, age 6, lost her leg in the explosion that injured her mother and her brother.
Source: Palm Beach Post wires.