Boston marathon bombings: Some victims' legs amputated
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Six people are in critical condition in one major Boston hospital, four of which have “traumatic amputations of their legs,” following Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Dr. Alasdair Conn, a surgeon at Mass General, said the hospital is currently treating 22 patients, all from the area of the explosion. He said six of them are in critical condition and were currently in surgery just after 5 p.m. ET. Of the six critical victims, five are unidentified, Conn said, and he believes all of them were adult spectators.
The hospital has its emergency disaster plan, which means all available staff has been called in and all elective surgeries have been cancelled.
Conn said the hospital can accommodate five to ten additional critical patients and is ready to do so because they are monitoring what is going on elsewhere in the city.
According to a statement from Boston Medical Center, that hospital has received 20 patients, including two children from the Boston Marathon, most of whom have received lower leg injuries.