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Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'
Date:4/17/2013

TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Authorities were searching Tuesday for suspects and motives behind the twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon that killed three people and injured more than 170 others.

The dead included an 8-year-old boy who was watching the race with family and friends.

The injured -- spectators and runners alike -- were rushed to eight area hospitals. Some had severed limbs, others suffered shrapnel wounds, burns, fractures and eardrums damaged from the shock waves of the explosions that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. At least 10 of the wounded were children, the Boston Globe reported.

"For many, many people in emergency medicine who are practicing domestically and not in the military, these are once-in-a-lifetime events," said Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of Brigham and Women's Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sushrut Jangi, an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told of injuries more common to battlefields: "There were victims coming in with both legs blown off. I had never seen anything like that."

One doctor who was about 150 yards from the explosions told ABC News that "we all went running over there, and started to bring people into the medical tent" that had originally been set up to treat exhausted or dehydrated runners. "It was not good. Very bad. Like a war zone. 9/11 immediately came to mind."

Blood and broken glass covered the sidewalks within seconds of the blasts.

The first explosion occurred about four hours after the winners had crossed the finish line for the marathon, held every year on Patriots Day, a state holiday that commemorates the start of the American Revolution. Another blast rocked the area about 10 seconds later and several hundred feet away.

Authorities streamed onto the race course to carry away the injured. Runners who hadn't finished the 26.2-mile race wer
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