Syrinth (syrinth) wrote in little_details,

Stab wounds and punctured lungs.

Search terms used: collapsed lungs, puncture, lethality of collapsed lungs
Time: early to mid 90s

I have a character who was mugged and stabbed several times. At the hospital I currently have the nurse telling his family that he's in critical care but not exactly what's wrong with him since I've been led to believe that the details aren't necessary for the family to know.

If I'm wrong about that, and should elaborate, what exactly would be realistic to cause death for the victim within two to three hours of being stabbed and having surgery done? He was left alone in the alley for a few minutes before he was found by his boyfriend.

I assume that a punctured lung could become a collapsed lung and mix in blood loss or perhaps unnoticed internal bleeding...

I'm sorry, my google-fu is really weak >_>
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: stab wounds
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