Martin Richard suffered with wounds to nearly every part of his body upon impact. Below are the graphic details.
Jurors sobbed in court today as a medical examiner detailed the horrific and painful injuries suffered by eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston bombings.
Testifying in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial on Monday, Massachusetts’ Chief Medical Examiner Dr Henry Nields, who performed the child’s autopsy, revealed Martin had suffered injuries to nearly every part of his body.
Dr Nields was the last witness for the prosecution before it rested its case on Monday.
Martin’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, were also in court. They had been at the marathon finish line with their three children when Martin was killed and their daughter, Jane, lost a leg.
‘Cause of death was blast injuries to torso and extremities,’ Dr Nields said, adding that Martin died primarily from loss of blood.
Shrapnel – including small nails, plastic, pellets and wood – from one of the homemade pressure cooker bombs set off by Tsarnaev and his older brother had punched through the boy’s 69-pound body.
He suffered a six-inch-by-six-inch wound to his left abdomen, which exposed his intestines, and caused damage to his liver, left kidney, spleen and two ribs, Dr. Nields said.
‘There was also a perforation of his lower spine,’ Dr Nields said, indicating that shrapnel had passed through the child’s body and exited through his back.
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