6 patients still “profoundly ill” after Orlando shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor at the hospital treating nightclub shooting victims says that of the six patients who remain in the intensive care unit, one or two are still “profoundly ill.”

Dr. Michael Cheatham of Orlando Regional Medical Center says many of those patients are recovering from the mass shooting early Sunday.

But he adds: “The big question is what their long-term outcome will be.”

He says the patients may survive but will likely have lasting impacts on their health and functionality.

Doctors also said during the conference that they would not be surprised if the death toll increased.

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