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Tue August 20, 2013

Unsealed Court Documents Describe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Injuries

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper rifle laser sight on his head, emerges from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass.
Credit (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)

Court documents unsealed Monday describe the injuries, including a gunshot wound to the face, that alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sustained during the ensuing manhunt in April.

Tsarnaev arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with a gunshot wound through the mouth that also fractured his skull, according to Dr. Stephen Ray Odom, a trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who treated Tsarnaev.

"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," Odom told Judge Marianne Bowler. "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 his C1 vertebrae, 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," Odom continued. "He has multiple gunshots wounds to the extremities that have been treated with dressings to the lower extremities; and in the case of his left hand, he had multiple bony injuries as well that were treated with fixation and soft-tissue coverage, as well as tendon repair and vascular ligation."

Odom also said Tsarnaev had been treated with the pain medication Dilaudid, that Tsarnaev was aware of his location and injuries, and was able to talk in order to testify. 

Full transcript, and Tsarnaev's arrest warrant, below: