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Oklahoman Modified: May 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013
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The state medical examiner's office Tuesday morning reported a reduced death toll of 24 from Monday's tornado, noting confusion during the early aftermath of the disaster.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said 51 deaths were reported at one point Monday.

The 24 deceased victims were taken to the medical examiner's Oklahoma City office, and most have been identified, she said.

Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulances took numerous victims to hospitals Monday, spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said.

“They took them to the hospital and then came back to pick up some more,” O'Leary said. “It took many hours. Some of our paramedics walked to get closer. It was an amazing effort from a lot of people.”

Sadly, some children in Moore who could not be saved were brought to paramedics, she said.

O'Leary said 48 ambulances were used during the rescue efforts.

OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital are reporting 85 patients admitted; 50 of them are children. Their conditions range from minor injuries to critical.

At the three metro St. Anthony hospitals, 32 patients were treated and released and three patients were transferred to OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital.

Integris Health Southwest Medical Center reported treating 90 patients and admitting 20. Ten of the victims were in critical condition and 10 were listed as serious. Five children were treated and released.

A 65-year-old man died Tuesday when he was running to a shelter and hit his head, said Brooke Cayot, Integris Health spokeswoman.


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