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Olympic bombing victims recovering

Injured man 'absolutely' would return to park

July 29, 1996
Web posted at: 5:40 p.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Hospitalized victims of the bombing in Centennial Olympic Park continue to make progress and some could be released in the next day or two, doctors said Monday. Three patients remain at Georgia Baptist Hospital, including the daughter of the woman killed in the blast.

Fourteen-year-old Fallon Stubbs was in stable condition. Doctors were monitoring her deep wounds for infection but said she could be released at any time. In an effort to guard her privacy, relatives would not say when she will be released or allow her to be interviewed.


Beverly Davis, 46, from Columbus, Georgia, may be released Monday but will require additional rehabilitation to recover, a hospital official told CNN. Details of her injuries were not immediately available. Christian Sobb, 24, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was in stable condition and may be released Tuesday.

sound icon Sobb, who suffered leg wounds and a pelvic bone injury from blast scrapnel and the force of the explosion, said he would "absolutely" return to the park, once he was physically able. (349K AIFF or WAV sound) He also said he hoped to see some Olympic events before the Games end later this week.

'Lifted me off my feet'

Sitting in a hospital wheelchair as he answered questions, Sobb estimated he was about 25 yards from the bomb when it went off. "It completely lifted me off my feet," said Sobb, who weighs 165 pounds. "It was the loudest noise I've ever heard. It sounded like the crash of thunder."


"I heard the noise and was thrown into the air and I landed on the ground. I wasn't sure what had happened at that point ... I noticed people falling all around me as well and screaming. I knew it wasn't part of the show." The bomb detonated near the stage of a outdoor concert in the park.

Olympian brings gifts

Sobb wore an oversized shirt and Olympic pins given to him Sunday by silver medal wrestler Matt Ghaffari of the United States. Ghaffari has visited with several of the bombing victims, as have former Atlanta mayor and Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) co-chairman Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia.

Twelve other victims who remain at Grady Hospital were all listed in stable condition. No other information about them was immediately available.

ACOG spokesman Bob Brennan said Sunday that two patients remained at Piedmont and Emory University hospitals. Calls to personnel at those hospitals were not immediately returned. Brennan said neither of those patients was in critical condition.

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