Yesterday a Federal Judge unsealed a court document (h/t MarkNo) that for some reason the public defender had requested be sealed when it appeared on April 22, just before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s initial court appearance conducted in Beth Israel hospital. It is a record of a hearing to determine if he was healthy enough to appear. Lawyers for both sides and for the hospital were present, as well as trauma surgeon Stephen Odom who had been his attending physician.
Apart from verifying his credentials and discussing Tsarnaev’s medication, Dr. Odom said this:
He has multiple gunshot wounds, the most severe of which appears to have entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face, lower face. This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, the lateral portion of the C1 vertebrae [sic], with a significant soft-tissue injury, as well as injury to the pharynx, the mouth, and a small vascular injury that’s been treated.
He has, in addition to this, some ophthalmologic injuries that have been treated.
We had already known of extensive facial injuries from an Izvestia article in the spring based on a medical report that Tsarnaev’s mother had obtained from his lawyer (injuries which the MSM interpreted as a “smirk” at the time of his arraignment), but not in this detail.
It will be recalled that the released photos of Tsarnaev’s capture by the Boston police show a bloodied person with a sniper’s laser spot on his head. But do they show what Dr. Odom describes?
It will also be recalled that Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was captured.
Curiouser and curioser.
Update: 3:10 PM Eastern In deference to a remote possibility raised by a commenter that the bullet in question came from a distance, even though the face was turned at an angle to its trajectory, I have removed the word “from” from the title of the post.