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Another Ice Storm Byproduct: Storm Related Injuries

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The ice may be melting, but not quick enough to keep hundreds of people from injuring themselves and heading to North Texas hospitals.

Emergency departments became very busy placse after the ice storm hit.

The Parkland Health & Hospital System has seen 190 patients for fall injuries since Friday. JPS Health Network has treated 25 for ice-related injuries, including car crashes.

In all, MedStar ambulances responded to 165 fall-related emergency calls, and despite the clearing conditions, they received an additional 31 calls on Tuesday alone.

According to Dr. John Pease, Interim Chief of Emergency Services at Parkland Health & Hospital System, the most common injuries were broken wrists. Dr. Prase said over the past few days he’s seen all kinds of patients. “Falls, fractures, sprains, even bleeds in the head, from the head hitting the ice.”

Magdalena Lopez was in the Parkland Emergency Department Tuesday evening.  She fell while walking to her car on Friday, and broke two bones in her right leg. “Don’t be too confident. It could happen to you!” she said.

Lopez was taken by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.  Initially she had planned to go to an outpatient clinic on Monday for a follow-up, but said when she called, the clinic was closed due to the weather.

“It’s been hectic. Painful,” Lopez said of her injury. “I have to be five weeks like this in a cast. For Christmas? I’m the one who cooks!”

Doctor are advising all North Texans to just take their time and be careful on foot until all the ice has cleared.

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