- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Victims of yesterday's terrorist attack poured into hospitals in the District and its suburbs throughout the afternoon, while emergency crews worked into the night at the Pentagon, where officials expect to find dozens of casualties in and around the wreckage of an airliner that crashed into the building.
There was no official report on the total number of those injured or killed as of last night, but Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington said it had received 36 patients, and eight of those were in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A hospital spokeswoman said two of the victims underwent surgery, one for a leg fracture and another for a hand injury. Eleven persons, including five emergency workers, were treated and released.
Some of the more serious injuries included severe smoke inhalation and burns to faces and hands.
Hospitals called in extra staff to handle the influx of injured.
The Virginia Hospital Center spokeswoman said the hospital had deployed all of its 100 nurses and had 50 additional staffers on duty yesterday.
Washington Hospital Center admitted 12 persons. Six were in critical condition. They were identified as Juan Santiago Cruze, 50, of Woodbridge, Va.; Racquel Kelly, 32, of the District; Luiz J. Kurtz, 49, David King, 39, Letisha Hook and one unidentified woman. The residency of the latter four was not known.
The seventh victim, Stuart Fluke, 41, of Vienna, was discharged after treatment.
Dr. Marion Jordan, director of trauma and burn services at the hospital, said patients with smoke inhalation injuries could remain in a critical condition for six to eight weeks. "All these patients are at risk of dying," he said.
He said the first five burn victims had been brought to the hospitals within an hour after the explosion. "One woman had a distinct odor of kerosene, which is what jet fuel is," he said. Others appeared to have flame burns from the explosion.
Dr. Jordan said 50 square feet of frozen human skin was being flown from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and from Dayton, Ohio, to treat the burn victims.
Some patients can have grafts of their own skin from parts not burned.
"It is kind of like mowing a lawn. Skin grows back if you don't take too much at a time," he said.
Inova hospitals spokeswoman Janice Moore said yesterday afternoon five persons injured at the Pentagon were admitted to Inova Alexandria Hospital with minor injuries, but none at the hospital's Fairfax branch.
George Washington University Hospital had received two patients and Georgetown University Hospital was treating one, who was later transferred to Washington Hospital Center with critical burns.
Northern Virginia Community Hospital, which is about 5 miles from the Pentagon, was treating three patients for minor injuries in the emergency room.
Hospitals farther away were on standby, prepared to call in extra employees as required to handle additional injuries.
At Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist hospitals in Montgomery County, security was heightened and no visitors were allowed beyond the entrance without a special pass, spokesman Robert Jepson said.
Prince George's Hospital Center expected to get the overflow from D.C. and Northern Virginia hospitals, employee Delores Butler said.
Hospitals made hot lines available for families of patients to get information. Inova hospitals made three lines available: 703/204-6006, 703/698-3011 and 703/698-2296.
Christian Plaep contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.


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