Hospitals near Fort Hood treat wounded soldiers

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — The patient count is nine at a Central Texas trauma hospital after a Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Army officials say four people are dead after the Wednesday rampage, including the gunman, and 16 others were injured.

Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood is treating seven people involved in the shooting, and officials at Scott and White Hospital in Temple say Darnall transferred nine other people Wednesday.

“We all feel indebted to the men and women who serve our country and who put themselves in harm’s way. It is heartbreaking to be so close to such a tragic event as this,” said Director of Trauma Dr. Matt Davis, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Doctors say all nine under treatment at Scott and White treatment are all soldiers, eight men and one woman. Three are in critical condition, and five are in serious condition and may be upgraded to fair condition by Thursday morning.

The condition of the final person admitted to Scott and White is unknown, but hospital officials told KXAN early Thursday morning that the man did not suffer a gunshot would but has injuries to his face from debris.

Three patients are on ventilators, but the others are speaking. Doctors say two people have gone through surgery as of Thursday morning, and they might need more operation.

Doctors say the other eight patients had gunshot wounds to chest, abdomen, neck and extremities. Most suffered at least one gunshot wound.

Davis and Chief Medical Officer Glen Couchman told KXAN Wednesday night that the resilience of the men and women they were treating was very evident. They say the soldiers have a wonderful spirit and are optimistic. Family members of those injured are visiting with them, officials told KXAN.

“For the most part, they were able to spend time with family who arrived,” said Davis. “A lot of their colleagues were here to support them. There was a lot of emotion, relief at seeing their loved ones, and seeing people that were familiar to them.”

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