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Injury stuff, for my reference and for FS betas [Dec. 21st, 2005|04:20 pm]
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Angle and range: shot from above, +/- 20 feet, pistol.

Bullet entry: between floating and bottom rib, front right.
Bullet disposition: lodged near lower back rib, front right near spine.

Effects of long shot; slow movement, high range of travel inside cavity, sloppy travel path, minimal distortion of bullet, uncomplicated extraction.

Immediate scope of injury:

Liver damage
Muscle tearing
Shattered rib


Punctured lung (Pneumothorax), low and small, from inadequately controlled rib points during movement. (ETA: whups. Bleeding from mouth -- bright red, profuse -- directly after shot. Ergo, pneumothorax immediately)

Profuse bleeding
Pleurisy from breathing constriction.

Long term effects:

Bullet: requires extraction to avoid blood poisoning. Vulnerability to infection if introduced matter, i.e. clothing, not removed with.

Fluid in lung, will clear by itself given time, vulnerability to pneumonia during healing, may be weak for +/- one year. Long term scarring probable, should not appreciably affect functioning until much later in life. Other lung functioning well.

Weakness from blood loss, will clear by itself.

Pain from rib and muscle, will clear by itself -- additional muscle loss due to infection. Long term will require exercise to clear stiffness from scar tissue. Due to high placement, low chance of hernia (whew).

Liver damage: Jaundiced appearance, will clear over time (+/- 6 mo. for yellowness). Lowered immune system, but not radically. (Livers regenerate well, function less than 1/3 impaired.)

Infection: w/o antibiotics, will clear completely as immune system recovers. Will be contained but present +/- 6-12 months. Unlikely to break out again with good care. May not break out even with poor care.

Query: Bush, OTOH, got hit rather lower. What's HE doing all bouncy?

[User Picture]From: tiferet
2005-12-21 03:43 pm (UTC)
Regarding Bush: That is a very good question. It would have to have missed the intestines. Any chance that the bullet grazed rather than penetrating?
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[User Picture]From: commodorified
2005-12-21 03:46 pm (UTC)
Must have done, because based on the bandage lines here:


He ought to be in MUCH worse shape.
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[User Picture]From: gryphons_lair
2005-12-21 05:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe he was carrying something in a pocket that intercepted (or at least slowed down) the bullet? Cliche, I know, but it would explain his survival.
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[User Picture]From: commodorified
2005-12-21 05:54 pm (UTC)
No, cause then he shouldn't be in hospital at all
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[User Picture]From: black_hound
2005-12-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
Bush actually didn't get hit with a musket ball. He got slashed with a sword and the wound is adapted from what is laid out in the books. In Lt. Hornblower they say he is 'sewn together like a crazy quilt'.

The surgeon, Sankey, remarks that Bush is lucky because all the wounds are 'incised' with not a single deep puncture. And multiple wounds. Not just one slash. He says it was "contrary to all my professional experience. Usually the Dagoes can be relied upon to use their knives in a more professional manner."

There is a big cut from shoulder to spine about 8 inches long yet not more than 2 inches deep even though the scapula was notched. The surgeon goes to describe in detail how the wounds were inflicted -- stabbing downwards -- with the knife being deflected by the ribs, and recommends that stabbing someone with an upward thrust is the way to go for a killing knife wound in the rib area.

And the cuts were all clean and not haggled. "honorable scars" that in years to come would be almost unnoticeable except as 'thin lines of white whose crisscross pattern will be hardly a blemish on your classic torso.'

When it got adapted the went with one stomach cut, but based on the bookverse not a deep one. Just big, long, scary and bloody.
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[User Picture]From: commodorified
2005-12-21 06:41 pm (UTC)
AAAAH. Much becomes clear. *facepalms*

Thanks, love.

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