Source: Buffalo Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Official Description of the Wounds and the Surgical Operation”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 7 September 1901
Volume number: 42
Issue number: 127
|“Official Description of the Wounds and the Surgical Operation.” Buffalo Evening News 7 Sept. 1901 v42n127: p. 2.|
|William McKinley (surgery).|
Official Description of the Wounds and the Surgical Operation
One bullet struck the President on the upper
portion of the breast-bone, glancing and not penetrating.
The second bullet penetrated the abdomen five inches below the left nipple and one and a half inches to the left of the median line.
The abdomen was opened through the line of the bullet wound. It was found that the bullet had penetrated the stomach. The opening in the front wall of the stomach was carefully closed with silk sutures, after which a search was made for a hole in the back wall of the stomach. This was found and also closed in the same way.
The further course of the bullet could not be discovered, although careful search was made. The abdominal wound was closed without drainage. No injury to the intestines or other abdominal organ was discovered.
The patient stood the operation well. After it the pulse was good; rate of 130. The President’s condition at the conclusion of the operation was gratifying and justified hope of recovery.