HUS's Medical Director Eero Hirvensalo at the fire department's press conference on May 11, 2023. In Espoo's Tapiola, 24 people were injured when a temporary bridge collapsed. According to the police, people fell several meters when the plywood-based pedestrian bridge collapsed. LEHTIKUVA

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Over half of the patients who were hospitalized following the Espoo disaster have been discharged from the hospitals, according to the latest update from the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). Out of the 24 patients who received hospital treatment, 14 have been discharged from HUS hospitals, while the rest are still receiving medical care.

Currently, there are 10 patients being treated in HUS hospitals, with seven of them receiving care at the New Children's Hospital, two at the Silt Hospital, and one at the Peijas Hospital.

Seven patients require surgical treatment for their injuries, with two of them still waiting for a suitable time for the procedure.

None of the patients who are still in the hospital have serious injuries, but they require further examination, treatment, or monitoring. HUS has also announced that they will no longer provide updates on the situation of those injured in the disaster.

The Espoo disaster occurred on May 1st when a large explosion destroyed a residential building in the city, injuring dozens of people and causing significant damage to the surrounding area. The incident was one of the most significant disasters to have occurred in the country in recent years, and emergency services and medical staff worked tirelessly to treat and care for those affected.

While it is good news that more than half of the patients have been discharged from the hospital, it is important to remember that those who are still receiving treatment require ongoing care and support. The road to recovery can be long and challenging, and the medical staff and other professionals involved in their care will continue to work hard to ensure that they receive the best possible treatment.

The HUS has also praised the hard work and dedication of the medical staff, emergency services, and other professionals who have been involved in the response to the disaster. Their tireless efforts have been critical in providing essential care and support to those affected by the tragedy.

The incident has highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness and the critical role played by healthcare professionals in responding to such events. The HUS and other authorities will undoubtedly take lessons from this event to improve emergency response and ensure that the best possible care is provided to those in need.

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