McKenzie Willamette Memorial Hospital
REPORT OF OPERATION
Patient's Name – DOWNS, Christie A – Attending Physician – Dr. Wilhite
Room No. ICU Hospital No. 148216
Surgeon: Dr. Wilhite Assistants:
Operation: Removal of foreign body from back.
INDICATIONS: X-rays revealed one
of the bullets had lodged just underneath the
skin on the left side medial to the
scapula and just lateral to the exit wound of the
other shot. The bullet is palpable.
Under local anesthesia after prepping
and draping, the skin was incised directly
over the bullet and carried down
through the skin. The bullet was easily recovered
and removed under direct observation
of the detective. The bullet was given to
him and placed directly into an
envelop. The wound was then closed with three
stitches of 5-0 nylon. The wound was
The patient tolerated this
procedure well. I then signed the envelop in which
the bullet had been placed.
SLW: pst 5-26-83/5-27-83
The shooting was on May 19th. This procedure was on May 26 to
remove a bullet that
remained under the skin. Notice that the bullet was medial to the left
scapula. That is
an indication to me the bullet was centered to the left scapula, but if you will
it was lateral to the exit wound of the other bullet. That means it was
above the scapula
toward the center. The trajectory of both bullets was upward at
no less than 45 degrees.
The evidence shows that Christie was lying down. Christie testified in
court that she was
sitting behind the driver's seat. She could have not been sitting
and have both
travel upward. Christie was not a witness.
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