Surviving Boston Suspect Was 'Shot Multiple Times'

World | August 20, 2013, Tuesday // 20:41|  views

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. File photo

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect ,was shot through the face, legs and left hand before his capture, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Despite his injuries, Dhozkhar Tsarnaev was able to "respond vocally" to questioning, the documents revealed.

The new documents feature the oral testimony of trauma surgeon Stephen Ray Odom, who treated Tsarnaev.

Although it was only just publicly released, the testimony was given on April 22, three days after the suspect’s arrest.

Odom told court officials that the worst of Mr Tsarnaev's injuries was a gunshot wound from a bullet that entered through his mouth and exited the left side of his face.

"This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, the lateral portion of his C1 vertebrae, with a significant soft-tissue injury, as well as injury to the pharynx, the mouth, and a small vascular injury that's been treated,"

Dr Odom explained, as cited by the BBC. The surgeon added that Tsarnaev had suffered ophthalmologic injuries as well, but that those had been treated. Odom further testified that Tsarnaev sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the extremities.

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