TEMPLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Three of the 16 people wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday are being cared for at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple.
According to Dr. Matthew Davis, the trauma medical director at Scott & White, six patients have been treated and released from the hospital, but other shooting victims still have a long road of recovery ahead.
Davis said the nine survivors are lucky given the caliber weapon used during the shooting.
Scott & White, a Level 1 Trauma Center, is about 30 miles from Fort Hood.
Doctors said they feel confident they can help the injured soldiers physically heal from their wounds — but emotionally it will be tough.
Describing the condition of the soldiers Dr. Davis said, “They are kind of beginning to show some of the stages of shock and grief.”
Doctors worry about PTSD and say the emotional toll will be hard to overcome.
Dr. Alexander Thompson is the chairman of the psychiatry department at Scott & White. “Many [military personnel] have come back and had combat experience. You’re imagining they are in safe place and seeing family and [then] having this kind of violence come about in their home — the likelihood that somebody would have a difficult emotional response to this is high.”
Doctors said many of the injuries they saw from Fort Hood were serious – patients had gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and neck.
One victim suffered a spinal injury and could be paralyzed — though doctors say it’s too early to tell.
Despite everything they’ve been through the survivors are grateful to be alive.
Dr. Davis recalled, “Just the gratitude and emotion that was displayed from those young men and women as they were meeting senior officers, the interaction was very touching to watch.”
High-ranking Fort Hood officials visited with the soldiers Thursday morning. Doctor Davis said the time really had an impact on the patient’s spirits. “Even the ones who couldn’t speak were obviously moved by the moment and were trying to communicate as best they could.”
CBS 11 News crews in Temple were told all of the injured soldiers range in age from their early 20s to mid 40s.
Chaplains from Fort Hood are at the hospital to talk victims and their families.
And even after the patients leave the hospital doctors say they will make sure each and every one of the survivors gets help with any potential PTSD.
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