A five-year-old boy grievously injured in Monday’s Marathon bombings is getting better, according to Boston Medical Center’s Chief of Trauma Services Peter Burke, and is no longer listed in critical condition.
“I think he’s gonna be okay, and that’s great,” said Burke at a press briefing Thursday morning.
The boy suffered soft tissue injuries to his extremities and “significant pulmonary injuries,” Burke said. The pulmonary injuries, he said, were likely caused either by compression from the blast or from being thrown into something. His mother was injured and is at a different hospital.
Burke said that overall, the victims of the blasts who remain hospitalized “are getting better, and we are happy with their progress.”
Doctors likened the injuries they were treating to those suffered by troops in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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