Texas doctor says it’s ‘crushing’ as she treats mass shooting victims for second time

A view of University Hospital, where injured victims of a mass shooting in Uvalde, TX, are being treated in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Krantz

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – A trauma doctor caring for three children injured in the shooting at a school in the Texas town of Uvalde said it was “crushing” to treat the victims of the second mass shooting in the area in the past five years. years.

“It’s kind of overwhelming that, you know, you’re talking about a trauma center that’s had two events in the last five years,” Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at the hospital, told Reuters. San Antonio University Hospital. a Zoom interview on Thursday.

Liao, who is herself a mother of two, said she was treating a nine-year-old and two 10-year-olds injured in the Uvalde shooting at the trauma center. She said one child is in serious but stable condition and the other two are in stable condition. It can take days or up to a month before they can leave the hospital.

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On Nov. 5, 2017, a man expelled from the U.S. Air Force for beating his wife and stepson shot dead 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, about 50 miles east of San Antonio, before killing himself. commit suicide. Uvalde is about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

“Unfortunately or fortunately…it’s really difficult because we had the experience of Sutherland Springs in 2017,” Liao said.

“We’ve had this experience of a mass casualty incident, so we understand it’s not just about treating the injuries, but all the other psychosocial effects that come from a mass casualty incident.”

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Liao said he has seen an increase in gun-related injuries, not only from gun violence, but also from accidents that could be prevented by storing guns safely. security and having a padlock.

She said about 10% of the injuries she sees each year are gun-related and that number has steadily increased over the past two years.

In the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother on Tuesday and then crushed her car as he fled near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

He broke into the school and shot at least 21 people before police shot and killed him. At least 17 people, including children and the shooter’s grandmother, were injured.

The human toll of the rampage worsened with news that the husband of one of the slain teachers died of a heart attack on Thursday while preparing for his wife’s funeral.

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Reporting by Colette Luke; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Stephen Coates

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