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Iranian hospitals race against time to treat injured in earthquake

By Du Yuanjiang (Xinhua)

13:15, August 16, 2012

TABRIZ, Iran, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Three days after the twin strong earthquakes that struck northwest Iran Saturday, Iranian hospitals are racing against time to treat those injured in the disasters.

"Between 5 to 6 hours (after the quakes), we received 358 injured people and performed 256 surgeries," Dr. Mohammad Mohamad Zadeh said in Imam Reza hospital, the biggest one in Tabriz, the capital city of East Azerbaijan province.

Many injured people were hospitalized here after the deadly earthquake happened in the city of Ahar, about 100 km away from Tabriz, where the quake was strongly felt.

Around the hospital, some injured in the quakes were walking on crutches to do the rehabilitation training.

"After the earthquake, all the professors and doctors came here. ..we sent them (the injured) immediately for the needed medical checks," Zadeh, head of Imam Reza hospital told Xinhua on Tuesday.

A 11-year-old girl, Roya, could not help crying in the ward, because the injuries she sustained during the deadly earthquake hurt badly.

"She was under the rubble of our house. After 10 minutes I took her out. She just came out of the surgery room. She's now better," Rezaei said, looking tenderly at his daughter, who suffered fractures both in her arms and legs.
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