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Friday, December 3, 2021

Children’s Wisconsin Says 18 Child Patients Suffered In Parade Incident

Children’s Wisconsin officials have confirmed they have admitted 18 child patients following a mass casualty incident at the Waukesh Christmas parade that killed five people and injured dozens.

Milwaukee Hospital, which confirmed the number of patients at its trauma center on Monday morning, said the Wisconsin Children’s Emergency and Trauma Center is fully open to support any community need and respond to this changing and dynamic situation.

“This is unique and truly demonstrates the devastating impact it has on our community,” said Dr. Michael Meyer of Children’s Wisconsin, according to local media reports.

Meyer and other officials said the patients’ ages range from 3 to 16 years. The victims suffered a number of injuries, including broken bones, abrasions to the face and serious head injuries. Two patients will undergo surgery on Monday, Fox6 said.

“The injuries sustained on Sunday night will go beyond physical and take time to heal. We must all continue to build on each other and encourage victims to reach out to us and use the resources available to them, ”said Dr. Michael Gutzeit of Children’s Wisconsin, according to the publication.

Six children are in critical condition and are in intensive care, Meyer confirmed.

On Sunday night, a red SUV raced along the route of the parade, startling scores of people. Officials said at least five people were killed and over 40 were injured.

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Numerous videos of the incident show a car crashing into a crowd of parade participants, including members of the school band.

Milwaukee’s Dancing Grannies, who took part in the holiday parade, confirmed that several of its members were killed in the incident, according to a Facebook post.

One person was taken into custody and a Waukeshi police officer opened fire in an attempt to stop the vehicle, authorities said Sunday night.

Waukeshi Police Chief Dan Thompson did not provide any details about the prisoner or any possible motives. Thompson said that he did not know if the driver had been hit by the officer’s bullets, but that no outsiders were injured.

Another video shows a little girl dancing in the street as an SUV drives by, just a few feet away, before it crashes into parade participants several hundred feet ahead. One video of pom-pom dancers ends with a group of people courting a girl on the ground.

“There were pom-poms and shoes everywhere, and hot chocolate was sprinkled. I had to move from one crumpled body to another to find my daughter, ”Corey Montijo, Waukesha School District Councilor, told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “My wife and two daughters almost got hurt. Please pray for everyone. Please pray. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times from New York.

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