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Four acrobats in serious condition days after circus accident

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:53

May 7 - Doctors say seven acrobats are being treated for spine injuries and fractures days after a circus platform crashed to the ground with the performers still tethered to it. Deborah Gembara reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~***CBS - DIGITAL USE ONLY, NO BROADCAST USE WORLDWIDE, NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA BROADCASTER WEBSITES. NO ACCESS JAPAN. NO ACCESS ABC AMERICA, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS. NO ACCESS BOSTON & PROVIDENCE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES. *~ Days after a circus platform crashed to the ground with performers still tethered to it --- an update on their condition. SOUNDBITE: Timothy Babineau, CEO Rhode Island Hospital saying: "We cared for a total of nine patients. Two have since been discharged from the hospital. Today we are still caring for seven patients. Four remain in serious condition, while three are in good condition." Doctor says they've performed seventeen operations on the acrobats so far. SOUNDBITE: DR. ROMAN HAYDA MD, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL, SAYING: "Some of these patients have combined orthopedic and spine injuries. Those that have orthopedic injuries, extremity injuries. Those that have completed their surgery, and that is all but one so far, we are monitoring their wounds, starting to get them mobilized and so forth. In a matter of days, we could make arrangements for continued rehab. I anticipate that these folks could need physical therapy, rehabilitation for a number of weeks. It will take their fractures between two months and four months to but their overall recovery, their overall recovery will be on the order of months." Those are in the best case scenarios. Hospital staff say the acrobats are highly motivated and that one of them, was worried that her pain medication might make her too groggy to do her daily stretching routine. SOUNDBITE: DR. DAVID HARRINGTON, TRAUMA SURGEON RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL, SAYING: "The silver lining is that none of these woman had severe head injuries, which is really a blessing because those are difficult to recover from. And the people that had, despite falling from 25 feet, major liver or spleen injuries, that was only one. So the things that would make me worry as a trauma surgeon, those didn't happen or were quickly addressed." Two factors in the acrobats' favor doctors say are their relative youth, and their good health before the accident.

Four acrobats in serious condition days after circus accident

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:53

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