Boston Marathon Explosion Injuries: What Are Victims Being Treated For?

By Philip Ross on April 16, 2013 1:57 PM EDT

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Bystanders tend to an injured man following explosions at the Boston Marathon finish area on Monday. (Photo: Reuters)

The horrific bombing that took place Monday at the Boston Marathon has killed three people and wounded 176 others, according to ABC News. Seventeen victims are in critical condition.

Most of the injuries occurred when bits of debris exploded outwards during the two blasts. Pieces of glass, rocks, metal and even soda cans were hurled at bystanders, hitting them in the legs, torso, arms and head. Some of the victims have had limbs amputated.

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"I saw people who looked like they had their legs blown off," one marathon runner told Reuters.

The surviving victims are being treated at various hospitals in Boston, including the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. At least eight children are being treated for injuries. Some of the youngest victims were taken to Boston Children's Hospital.

What are the extent of victims' injuries, and what are doctors treating them for?

Much Like War

AP reported that the bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line may have contained small ball-bearings or BB gun pellets, designed to act as shrapnel.

Dr. Peter Fagenholz, a trauma surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where 22 victims were taken, said the most common serious injuries were leg injuries, including bone and soft tissue trauma. At least 10 people have had to undergo limb amputations.

"A number of patients will require repeat operations tomorrow and serial operations over the next couple of days," Fagenholz told ABC.

According to hospital officials, other reported injuries include shrapnel wounds and ruptured ear drums. Many more sustained minor injuries like cuts and bruises.

"This is the sort of carnage you expect to see in war," Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, told AP.

According to ABC, among those being treated at the children's hospital was a 2-year-old boy with head injuries and a 9-year-old girl with leg trauma.

Read more:

Boston Marathon Bombs Kill 2, Injure 22: Two Explosions Centered Around Trash Can [VIDEO]

Boston Marathon Explosion Injures Dozens: Watch Live Video Of Boston Marathon Finish Line Here [VIDEO] [PHOTOS]

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