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Doctors give updates on conditions of Orlando injured

Doctors and nurses at Orlando Regional Medical Center say when the emergency room became overwhelmed by victims of Sunday’s shooting spree, it was the quick response by the entire team that saved lives. A nurse at Tuesday’s news conference says she saw a huge response from physicians who came back from vacation, left dates, woke up, or dropped what they were doing to rush to the hospital to help.

Doctor Michael Cheatham says there are still 27 shooting victims in the hospital. He says six of them are in intensive care and considered “critically ill” and five are in “guarded” condition.

He says it is still a possibility to see the death toll rise or see patients left with permanent injuries.

“There is no question that nurses saved lives in the grueling hours as victims poured into the emergency room,” Cheatham says.

Angel Colon is a survivor of the mass shooting that left 49 innocent dead. He says he and his friends were just about to leave Pulse nightclub when they heard shots.

“We grabbed each other and started running,” Colon says. “I was shot three times in my leg and fell down.”

He says the gunman went into another room as patrons ran away, trampling Colon who was unable to move on the floor. He says the gunman later returned and started shooting the dead and injured left on the ground.

“He shoots the girl next to me, and I’m laying down, I’m thinking, ‘I’m next. I’m dead,’” Colon remembers with tears in his eyes. He says “by the grace of God” the shots only hit his hand and hip.

Colon says he was later dragged from the scene by police.

“I wish I could remember his name,” Colon says of the officer who got him away from the scene. “He truly saved me.”

2-year-old boy dragged off by alligator at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort

A 2-year-old boy is still missing Wednesday after he was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Florida’s Walt Disney World by an alligator. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says rescue teams have been actively searching for the child ever since the alligator snatched him Tuesday night.

Demings says they hope to find the boy before daylight and a dive team with sonar is on standby as part of the 50-person rescue team. He says “we’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances” but it is “unlikely” the teams will find a living body.

Demings says the Nebraska family of five was relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy. He says the father entered the water and tried to pry the child from the gator, but was unsuccessful.

FDA approves stomach pump to treat obesity

The Food and Drug Administration says an unusual weight loss tool is in the clear: an external pump that dumps a stomach’s contents into the toilet. The AspireAssist device is approved for regular use by obese patients only and research shows patients using the device lose an average of 12 percent body fat.

Critics call the method “assisted bulimia” but Dr. Shelby Sullivan of Washington University in St. Louis says she helped test the AspireAssist and believes it is a good option for the extremely obese.

“There is no such thing as medical bulimia or assisted bulimia,” Sullivan says. “Patients eat less with this therapy then they did before. People think patients can eat whatever they want and then aspirate it and that’s just not true. It has to be liquid enough and the particles have to be small enough to get through the tube.”A video description of the AspireAssist can be found here.

FDA Dr. William Maisel says, “The AspireAssist approach helps provide effective control of calorie absorption, which is a key principle of weight management therapy.”

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