Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, June 23, 2002

What kinds of injuries do doctors in Israel see after suicide bombings?

But even victims who arrive at the hospital with apparently minimal injuries may need special attention, Stein said. One 13-year-old girl, for instance, appeared largely unharmed before her chest was X-rayed. The image, which Stein flashed on a screen for his audience yesterday, showed a nail -- commonly added to bombs to serve as shrapnel -- in the middle of her chest. A subsequent CT scan showed the nail embedded in her heart's right ventricle.

In another gruesome series of CT scans, Stein showed a 14-year-old girl with a nail lodged in the midst of her brain. The nail puzzled doctors initially because they couldn't find the wound where it entered. Based on the nail's position and orientation -- bomb nails fly head first -- they finally concluded that it must have entered through the girl's open mouth.

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