Surgeons have treated all operable blast victims
25 Jan, 2011 11:17
Over 100 people are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals across the Russian capital after the terror blast at Domodedovo Airport. More than half remain in a serious condition.
The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development announced on Tuesday that the total number of hospitalised people has reached 117, Interfax news agency reported.According to Russia’s Minister of Health and Social Development Tatyana Golikova, nine people remain in a critical condition while the state of 40 others can be described as serious. The condition of 49 more people remains severe, she added. Golikova confirmed that 35 people were been killed in the blast, adding that the process of identifying those killed is still ongoing. She said that among those killed and injured are foreign nationals.Earlier reports suggested that of the 110 wounded by the blast eight are foreign citizens, reportedly from France, Great Britain, Italy, Serbia and Tajikistan. Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday that identities of 19 victims have already been established. This includes one Tajik national.Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has visited one of the hospitals at which the injured are being treated. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, who joined him on the visit, has reported that there is sufficient medication and special equipment in the city’s clinics. Vladimir Putin met with Tatyana Golikova on Monday, asking her to accredit deputies to those hospitals where the injured from the airport are receiving treatment to inspect those facilities to make sure they have everything necessary – including blood in the very first instance. The director of the Russia’s renowned Sklifosovsky Emergency Hospital, Anzor Khubutia addressed the media with the following statement:“Eleven people have been taken to our hospital. Seven of them – those in a serious condition – have undergone surgery. One of those seven patients is in an extremely serious condition. In short, we’ve carried out operations wherever possible.”“When the patients arrived yesterday, we got the impression they mainly had lower limb injuries, but then examinations showed that they had fragments all over their bodies,” Anzor Khubutia reported.Shortly after the meeting with the Federal Security Service officials, President Medvedev arrived at Moscow's main emergency hospital.“Many patients have fragmented injuries from the blast and shuttered glass and we still a lot of work to do,” Dr. Andrey Fedorov from Vishnevsky Surgery Institute informed the media. “The main procedures were performed overnight and some patients have improved. The prognosis for those patients we have treated is positive.”The Russian government has pledged to compensate each of the families of the deceased victims of the terrorist act at Domodedovo Airport with the equivalent of US$100,000, those with major injuries with over US$60,000 and with minor injuries, over US$30,000.