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Boston bombing suspect had severe gunshot wounds, documents show

 

The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect suffered multiple gunshot wounds including one to the face, a skull fracture, and various other injuries when he was captured hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard, according to a doctor who treated him.

The injuries were described by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Dr. Stephen Ray Odom in a legal proceeding at the hospital in April three days after the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Transcripts of the testimony were unsealed Monday.

The Boston Globe reports that Odon described the most severe injury as a gunshot to the face that "appears to have entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face, lower face."

In addition, the report said Tsarnaev had received "multiple gunshot wounds to the extremities," and had numerous injuries to his left hand, which required tendon repair, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The medical report was part of a hearing prior to Tsarnaev's initial appearance before a judge at a hospital to assess whether he would be able to answer questions. The doctor said that Tsarnaev knew that he had undergone multiple medical procedures. He was taking pain medication but was lucid and could respond vocally, the doctor concluded.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the April 15 bombing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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