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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Press Conference on Factory Fire Victims' Condition

Aired January 30, 2003 - 10:37   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: One day after a mysterious explosion and fire in a pharmaceutical company in North Carolina, we are getting an update now from doctors at a Chapel Hill-area hospital to update us on the conditions of those most critically injured.
Let's listen in now to Dr. Anthony Meyer (ph).

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

DR. ANTHONY MEYER, UNC HOSPITAL: We have ten patients here from the incident in Kinston. All are still in critical condition, some more critical than others, but they're all receiving maximal type of treatment that we can provide. Obviously, each appropriate for their own individual problems.

The injuries include burn injuries, smoke inhalation and in some cases, internal injuries and fractures.

Are there any other questions?

QUESTION: Are they all still in critical condition?

MEYER: Yes. They are all -- I would consider them all in critical condition. All are intubated. All receiving mechanical ventilation to help their breathing.

QUESTION: With regard to the burns, I mean, what is the range? I know you always hear somebody has 60 percent burned...

MEYER: They range from about 20 to about 70 percent. Obviously, fairly burned (ph).

QUESTION: Can any of them talk or communicate in any way?

MEYER: They're all intubated, so they are not able to speak. They are all sedated, heavily sedated. So -- at times, some of the patients have communicated by squeezing your hand, or moving a limb or two -- you know, when asked.

WHITFIELD: All right. You were listening to comments recorded earlier by Dr. Anthony Meyer of a Chapel Hill-area hospital where many of the most critically injured after yesterday's explosion at a pharmaceutical company are being treated. He says that many of them are suffering from severe burns and broken bones.

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