The victims of the Boston Marathon bombings include a 9-year-old girl who lost a leg and a 10-year-old boy who suffered deep shrapnel wounds to his legs, according to the director of the trauma program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The most seriously injured children had BBs and nails embedded in their bodies, said Dr. David P. Mooney—objects that were apparently packed into the explosive devices.
The 9- and 10-year-olds are in critical condition but are expected to survive. They will need multiple surgeries to recover from their devastating injuries, Mooney said in an interview with the Globe Tuesday morning.
Mooney said the emergency room treated a total of eight children injured in the blasts, ranging in age from 2 years old to a teenager.
The 2-year-old boy suffered a head injury and is listed in good condition. A number of children were treated and released with singed hair and minor burns.
All of the children had come to the marathon to watch their parents and relatives compete, including one child whose 42-year-old father was also hit in the blast and treated at Children’s Hospital.
A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center. Hospitals officials there were not providing details.
Mooney said Children’s medical staff raced to the hospital after the bombings and worked together seamlessly, just as they have during drills.
The hospital, he said, could have treated even more patients, and it informed neighboring Brigham and Women’s Hospital that it had the capacity to take adults from its emergency department if it was overflowing.
“I can’t emphasize how impressed I was with the hospital staff,” Mooney said. “We had people walking a couple of miles to get here because they couldn't get here in their car.”Beth Daley of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Levenson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.