Amputations

Richard Paola

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Would anyone know how many survivors suffered serious injury due to exposure in the cold water ?; i believe Joseph Duquemin had his legs amputated as a result of exposure..were there any other similar accounts ?; i wonder why some survivors are spared the wrath of amputation, while others are not;
 

Brian Meister

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Richard,

Could you post the source for your information
on Duquemin becoming an amputee as a result of
the disaster? He was a war veteran of the US
Army and I wonder when the amputation could
have occurred. I have been in touch with his
son who never mentioned such a thing to me.
Curious.
 

Richard Paola

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Brian, i read this in his bio right here on E.T.; i apologize if i misinterpreted the information; it states he suffered badly from frostbite; as to when the amputations occurred, it does not state..
 
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I'm not up on any survivors having to deal with amputations, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least. I would hazard a guess that whether or not somebody had to deal withit would have as much to do with luck as getting the affected limbs and digits warmed up. The problem with frostbite is that when the tissue freezes, the crystalization of the water does a number on the cells...often rupturing cellular walls and killing the cells in the really severe cases.

When the tissue is killed, gangrene sets in and amputation becomes necessery to save the victim's life.

You can find out a bit more about it by going HERE and HERE.