Eighteen children children ranging from 3 to 16 years old were among those injured and hospitalized.
Eighteen children children ranging from 3 to 16 years old were among those injured and hospitalized, including three sets of siblings.
Ten children were in the intensive care unit and six in critical condition, Dr. Michael Meyer, the ICU medical director at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, said at a press conference. The other eight were listed in fair condition, and two had been discharged as of Monday afternoon.
“This is unique and truly demonstrates the devastating effects of this on our community,” Meyer said.
Dr. Amy Drendel, the medical director of the hospital’s emergency department and trauma center, said the hospital received its first patient at 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday and its last patient around midnight. She said patients had sustained “different levels of injuries” with “some conscious” and “some not conscious.”
“Sadly like many communities, our region has experienced mass casualty events in the past, but none in the recent history involving such a large number of children,” Drendel said.
Dr. Michael Gutzeit, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said the injuries sustained in the Sunday night tragedy “will go well beyond the physical and will take time to heal.”
“We all must continue to lean on each other to encourage those impacted to reach out and use the resources that are available to them,” Gutzeit added.
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