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More Haitian evacuees arrive for medical treatment

TAMPA — A second round of Haitian earthquake survivors arrived in Tampa for medical treatment Wednesday night.

Twenty-one Haitians and a U.S. citizen are being treated at seven hospitals, including Shands Hospital in Gainesville, for broken bones, burns and spinal injuries, fire rescue officials said.

These patients' injuries, they said, are similar to what was treated among 15 evacuees who arrived Tuesday.

These patients range from 3 months old to 47 years old.

Officials said the 3-month-old girl was burned on her upper body and face. Two patients in unstable condition were treated by an intensive care medical team during the flight from Haiti, officials said.

The patients and 11 others, mostly family members, arrived at Tampa International Airport about 11 p.m., officials said.

They were immediately treated at a triage area at the airport. Several emergency rescue and state agencies were on hand to determine who could take the patients and how they could best be transported from the airport.

The patients who came Wednesday are scattered among area hospitals: Tampa General Hospital, five; St. Joseph's Hospital, four; Bayfront Medical Center, five; All Children's Hospital, four; Brandon Regional Hospital, two; Town & Country, one; Shands, one.

Florida hospitals have taken about 430 people from Haiti, most in South Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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