Saturday, 20 April 2013

Doctor: Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev injured 'head to toe'

Doctor: Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev injured 'head to toe', A doctor who helped treat Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev before he died says that he had extensive injuries “from head to toe,” the Huffington Post reported April 20.

Because of the extent of injuries to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the fact that he had also apparently been run over and dragged by an SUV driven by his younger brother, fellow bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the cause of death isn’t yet known.

Suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was unconscious when he arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center early Friday morning, said Dr. David Schoenfeld, who helped treat the suspect.

Tsarnaev's clothes had been cut off by emergency responders before his arrival at the hospital, and he had no vest with explosives at that time, the doctor said. Some media reports said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was wearing a vest with explosives while on the lam after the Boston Marathon bombings.

"From head to toe, every region of his body had injuries," Dr. Schoenfeld said. "His legs and arms were intact — he wasn't blown into a million pieces.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had no pulse and was in cardiac arrest, so hospital workers performed CPR.

Dr. Schoenfeld said he could not speculate about whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev was run over and possibly killed by his own brother, or whether being run over contributed to his death.

The doctor also said he could not provide specific treatment details, in keeping with federal privacy regulations. However, he said that in cases similar to this, doctors would normally put a needle in the chest to relieve pressure and cut open the chest and use rib spreaders to drain excessive blood from around the heart.

A leaked photo said to be that of the dead body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev shows massive injuries, a gaping hole in his chest wall and what appears to be extensive bruising around his neck, face and head, which could be consistent with being run down by an SUV.

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