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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK


Health

11 crash victims still critical

Many were seriously injured

Eleven victims of the Paddington rail disaster are still fighting for their lives in hospital two days after the high speed collision of two commuter trains.

London Train Crash
A total of 36 survivors remain in hospitals across London. Many are being treated for serious burn injuries.

St Mary's Hospital, next to Paddington station, is still caring for 11 patients, three of whom are still in a critical condition in the intensive care department.

Charing Cross Hospital has two patients in a critical condition in intensive care, and a further three on general wards.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is treated 10 people in its specialist burns unit and a further two in intensive care.

Five of these patients are still in a critical condition.

A further crash survivor is in the intensive care unit at Central Middlesex Hospital in a critical condition and another two passengers are being treated on general wards.

Hammersmith Hospital is still dealing with one survivor and a further four are being cared for at University College Hospital.

Massive burns

Some patients suffered up to 70% burns in the disaster.


Mr Robin Touquet: "Patients were smelling of burned flesh"
Mr Robin Touquet, an accident and emergency consultant at St Mary's, said the patients in intensive care were being treated both for burns and for the damage caused to the lungs by breathing in hot smoke.

He said: "No major incidents are alike, this was very vivid because patients were coming in smelling of burned flesh - which is quite horrific for staff - with swollen faces.

"Some were coming in with white bandages over faces with just two round holes for eyes, and you could see the staring eyes of fright and just shock from the awfulness of this injury."

Mr Touquet said St Mary's had spare capacity throughout Tuesday, and had more than a dozen consultant surgeons present.

"Each patient got a specific team that was consultant-run."

In total more than 150 people received hospital treatment following the disaster.



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