Doctors, Medical Crews On Scene Describe Trauma Following Boston Marathon Blasts

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of people remain hospitalized following Monday afternoon’s twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Many of those injured suffered traumatic injuries to their lower extremities, authorities said.

As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the bombs set off around 2:50 p.m. on Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were built to inflict the maximum amount of carnage.

They caused injuries that civilian doctors don’t often see. Rather, they’re more like war injuries from land mines and IEDs.

The bombs caused what doctors call traumatic amputations, meaning the concussions from the blasts themselves severed the limbs. While doctors were able to save the lives of most of the severely injured, they were not able to save their legs.

“Almost all of them had such severe trauma in their lower extremity that was beyond salvation. So, I would consider them almost automatic…

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