Doctors say six children are still in critical condition and three siblings are injured after the Waukesha Christmas parade attack.
Five people were killed, including members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, and more than 40 were injured when a red SUV rammed into a parade at 4.39 p.m. local time on Sunday.
Children’s Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, received the first of 18 patients at 5.30 p.m., Medical Director Amy Drendell told a news conference Monday.
“Injuries range from scratches on the face to broken bones, to severe head injuries. Six of these patients were sent to the operating room last night, and two additional patients are being operated on today,” Ms Drendell said.
The victims ranged in age from 3 to 16 years and included three siblings.
“This is unique and truly demonstrates its devastating effects on our community,” said Michael Meyer, medical director of the pediatric ICU at the hospital.
Mr Mayer said 10 children remained in intensive care at noon local time on Monday.
The condition of six patients is critical, three are in critical condition and one is in ICU. Eight other children are in hospital in fine condition, not in intensive care.
“We are extremely appreciative and grateful for the response from our community,” said Mr. Meyer.
“The clinical response started with the audience, EMS, on the scene, and then our community partnered with other health organizations before the kids were here”
Children’s Wisconsin Chief Medical Officer Michael Gutzit also praised the efforts of first responders, including police, doctors, parents and other medical staff, who worked to stabilize the injured children before being transferred to the hospital.
Aware of the tragedy, the hospital created an emergency plan, calling in surgeons, doctors and nurses to deal with the influx of patients.
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