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Boston Medical Center's Dr. Peter Burke. (CBS)

Boston Medical Center’s Dr. Peter Burke. (CBS)

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BOSTON (AP) — The trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center says most of the injuries his hospital treated after the marathon bombings were to the lower extremities.

Dr. Peter Burke says the hospital treated 23 people following the blasts, and 19 remained there on Wednesday morning. He says two patients, including a 5-year-old child, remain critical, but says all the patients are making progress and are expected to survive.

Dozens of others have been released from hospitals around Boston.

Massachusetts General Hospital says all but 12 of the 31 people sent there have been released. Eight are critical.

Beth Israel still has 13 of the 24 people sent there. Boston Children’s Hospital has three remaining of its original 10 patients; and Tufts Medical Center has released half of its 14 bombing patients.

An 11-year-old California boy and a 9-year-old girl remained in critical condition Wednesday at Boston Children’s. The hospital reported its third bombing patient, an unidentified 2-year-old boy with a head injury, is improving and may go home Thursday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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