A 20-year-old airman was in critical condition at University of California Davis Medical Center on Monday after losing both legs as a result of complications during a routine gallbladder surgery. Airman 1st Class Colton Read was supposed to get his gallbladder removed laparoscopically at the Travis hospital but instead, a device being threaded into his belly nicked or punctured the aorta. Surgeons opened Read’s abdomen and repaired the breach to save his life, but in the process or afterward, something apparently disrupted the blood supply to his legs. When the surgeon restored the blood supply to those iliac vessels, the legs were so badly swollen and damaged that blood circulated only down to the knees, leaving dead tissue below.

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