The last patient who was still
hospitalized following the Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco
International Airport in July has been released, San Francisco General
Hospital officials announced.
patient, whose name hasn't been released, was transferred to a
rehabilitation facility in good condition on Tuesday after suffering
life-threatening injuries in the July 6 crash, according to
She was treated for a paralyzing spinal
cord injury, road burns over 30 percent of her body and intestinal
wounds that prevented her from ingesting solid food for two months,
hospital officials said.
The patient underwent about 30 surgical procedures during her 15-week stay at the hospital.
"This hospital saved her life," said Dr. Margaret Knudson, the hospital's chief of surgery, who performed 21 of the procedures.
one of the sickest patients I've ever cared for in my career. Our whole
team breathed a big sigh of relief when she left. Not that we're glad
that she's gone of course, but we're glad that she made it," Knudson
San Francisco General Hospital treated a total
of 67 patients from the Boeing 777 plane, which struck a seawall while
trying to land at the airport, causing the tail section to separate from
the rest of the aircraft.
Three girls died in the crash and its aftermath, and more than 180 passengers were injured.