San Fran hospital treating six critically injured in crash

Six of the 53 victims of the Asiana Airlines plane being treated in San Francisco General Hospital remain in a critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. Speaking to reporters Rachael Kagan said:

We had 27 adults and 26 children. We currently have 19 patients admitted, and 34 have been discharged. Of the 19 who are admitted, that includes six critically injured patients, including one child.

Dr. Margaret Knudson, chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, praised the work of emergency services who treated the victims at the crash scene.

I have to say that, whoever triaged these patients at the airport did a fabulous job, because they got to us the sickest patients in the shortest period of time - or I don't think those patients would have survived, truly.

The airline said there were 16 crew members aboard and 291 passengers. Thirty of the passengers were children.

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