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Hospitals respond to emergency

Most of the injured are 'walking wounded'

July 27, 1996
Web posted at: 10:50 a.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Atlanta hospitals enacted emergency plans early Saturday morning as victims of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing were transported to emergency rooms.

Injured man

At least 110 people were wounded in the blast. Some were seriously hurt but most suffered only minor injuries, many from shrapnel flying from the explosion.

One man died en route to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, reportedly of a full cardiac arrest, said Dr. Gail Anderson, acting medical director at Grady. He was identified as Melih Uzunyol, 37, a television cameraman from Turkey. Some reports said he suffered a heart attack while covering the aftermath of the explosion.

The FBI confirmed that a second victim died, reportedly at the scene of the explosion.

An eyewitness explains what he saw
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Grady treated 34 people, Anderson said, with injuries ranging from very minor to very serious. At least four patients underwent surgery at Grady, including one who had a finger amputated. One child was reportedly treated at Grady.

One patient at Grady was in critical condition at mid-morning Saturday, Anderson said.

But Anderson said that Grady's emergency room, which is the city's main trauma center, was no busier than a normal Friday night.

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Georgia Baptist Hospital saw about 53 people in a two-hour period, said spokesman Dr. Mark Waterman.

"Most were 'walking wounded' type patients," Waterman said, "with cuts bruises, lacerations, things like that."


Waterman said that two patients underwent surgery at Georgia Baptist, and only three people were admitted to the hospital. The rest were treated and released.

Four patients were admitted to Piedmont Hospital, and 11 others treated and released. Others with minor injuries were treated at two other Atlanta hospitals.

Georgia Baptist's Waterman said that the injuries were less critical than medical personnel believed would be the case in the early stages of the situation, but the incident has left a "sense of outrage."

"This is not going to stop us from showing the world what kind of city we are," he said.

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