11-Year-Old Martinez Boy Injured in Boston Bombings

Aaron Hern, a 11-year-old from Martinez, needed surgery to treat a wound inflicted by the Boston Marathon bombings, his mother Katherine reported on her Facebook page on Monday night.

 Participants run down Boylston Street toward the finish line during the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Participants run down Boylston Street toward the finish line during the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010 in Boston, Mass. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

From the Contra Costa Times:

The boy was waiting at the finish line for his mother, 40-year-old Katherine Hern, who was about 200 feet away from the finish line of the prestigious race, said Gay Gerlack, a former Martinez city council candidate and member of the Kiwanis Club of Martinez with Katherine Hern.

Katherine Hern posted this on her Facebook page around 8 p.m. Monday night.

Ok. Hey everyone. I’ll keep this short because I need to get back to Aaron and try to get some sleep. First, thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. Aaron is in the ICU but stable. Has many lacerations but mostly superficial except one. One on his upper left thigh needs more surgery and just not sure yet the extent of the damage. Will be here about 7-10 days with follow up surgeries. They say there’s a website I can set up here for updates and will direct you to that if I get it set up. But there really won’t be any new news until Wednesday when he has his next surgery. Thank you all and good night.

Aaron, who turns 12 in a couple of weeks, was eagerly waiting to take pictures of his mother when the bomb blast sent shrapnel through his leg, ABC reports:

Aaron was in the middle of the chaos, severely wounded by shrapnel that dug right to the bones in his thigh and hip. His father was nearby on the reviewing stand while Aaron was at street level waiting for his mother who was a few hundred yards from finishing the race.

“Dad was up on the bleachers looking down and the crowd got chaotic and he found him lying down,” said Sides.

Paramedics used a tourniquet on the wound, and rushed Aaron to Boston Children’s Hospital, where at first his father, Alan Hern, could not find him, ABC reported.

The network said Aaron is expected to spend seven to 10 days at the hospital. Alan Hern is football coach at Alhambra High School.

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