Oakland A's visit injured Martinez boy in Boston

April 22, 2013 11:50:58 AM PDT
A couple of Oakland A's players in Boston for a three-game series with the Red Sox visited the young East Bay boy injured in the Boston bombings last week. Aaron Hern of Martinez has undergone a number of surgeries because of shrapnel in his left leg.

This visit comes after first lady Michelle Obama visited Aaron last Thursday. Right fielder Josh Reddick and first baseman Brandon Moss met with the 11-year-old and his family at Boston's Children's Hospital Monday morning.

The boy was injured by shrapnel as his mother crossed the Boston marathon finish line one week ago today. A family friend says Aaron is responding well to treatment, but the family doesn't know when he will be coming home.

Doctors at Boston Medical Center gave a press briefing Monday morning and said everyone injured in the blasts who made it out alive seem likely to survive, but added that rehabilitation from here on out will be a marathon.

"It will take months for people to recover. For those people who are in rehabilitation, the importance is to integrate mental health services, behavioral health services, into the process, in the interest of promoting maximal, optimal healing," Dr. Terence Keane said.

More than 180 people were hurt and at least 14 of them lost all or part of a limb. 51 people are still hospitalized. Three are listed in critical condition and five are in serious condition. All of the injured victims are expected to survive.


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