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This month marks the 50th commemoration of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination back in 1968. He was shot after holding his victory speech at the California Democratic Party presidential primary. The following day, he died of severe brain injuries. Over the year, a lot of things have been written about Kennedy’s assassination. Some information was purely speculative, while other came from official documents. However, until now, not much has been said about his treatment and injuries following the shooting. Now, thanks to a new study which the Journal of Neurosurgery published, we may finally know more details about this part of the assassination.
Jordan M. Komisarow, MD, along with his colleagues provide a review of the clinical events that happened from the shooting and up until the time of his death. It seems that in the following moments after the shooting, a number of doctors arrived at the scene to offer their professional care. It’s worth noting that procedures like computed tomography and CT angiography and venography were not common back then. However, the surgery that was performed on him, a craniotomy, was similar with the ones performed today.
More details about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
According to the study, the physicians back then followed the necessary and required steps to help the injured Senator. According to official documents, Kennedy suffered severe injuries to the right cerebellum and right occipital cortex. The tissue surrounding the brain was full of bullet and bone fragments. Dr. Komisarow says that even if the tragedy would have happened in 2018, the doctors couldn’t have done much else to save him.
It seems that such penetrating trauma to the head, despite advances in medical technology, would still be fatal or severely debilitating, even today. The doctors present at the time of the shooting did everything they could to save Kennedy, but it simply wasn’t possible.
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