One of the youngest victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is 11-year-old Aaron Hern, the son of Brandman student Katherine Hern and recent Brandman graduate Alan Hern (Walnut Creek campus). Katherine was running in the marathon while Alan, Aaron and his sister were waiting at the finish line to cheer on their mom when the bombs went off. Aaron has undergone multiple surgeries, including three to four hours of surgery on Wednesday to further treat his badly injured leg, including removing more shrapnel and damaged tissue.
UPDATE: Aaron Hern was doing well enough to receive a bedside visit from first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday, Katherine said on Facebook that he may be able to leave the intensive care unit of Boston Children’s Hospital as soon as Friday. She said that Aaron had successful surgery Wednesday, with doctors closing all his wounds – including one very large wound to his upper left thigh – without needing to use skin grafts.
“Now the next hurdle to get through is the larger wound healing without having compartment syndrome,” Katherine wrote. “They had to pull the muscle fascia together and it was so tight that they are concerned about compressing blood vessels.”
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