St. Lucia News Online understands that Krystal Felix, the 22-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting on Easter Monday, April 1, died from massive blood loss due to a gunshot wound to the thigh.
Some people are asking how could she have died from such a “simple” injury. However, wounds to the thigh/leg are not “simple” and can be very deadly, even deadlier – in some cases – than wounds to the extremities.
Below is some information to assist in understanding what is being said:
Femoral artery injuries
The femoral artery is one of the largest blood vessels in the body, about the thickness of your index finger. A ruptured femoral artery is extremely serious because a large amount of blood is pumped through the artery very quickly. It is possible with this type of injury to lose all the blood in the body within five minutes.
It is especially hard to treat if the damage is close to the groin, becasue bleeding cannot be stopped with a tourniquet.
The blood loss sets off a catastrophic chain of events.
* Blood Pressure drops drastically
* Oxygen cannot get to vital organs
* Body temperature falls
Even after transfusions and surgery to repair the artery, many vital organs may have been without blood for too long to regain function.