Some attendees of frigid Chiefs game forced into amputations following severe frostbite, Kansas City hospital says

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At slightest "some" shot fans, who attended January's bitterly acold Kansas City Chiefs playoff game, suffered utmost frostbite and yet needed amputations, a infirmary charismatic said Thursday.

The back-to-back champion Chiefs launched their 2023-24 postseason tally pinch a 26-7 triumph over nan Miami Dolphins on Jan. 13 successful a crippled that mightiness beryllium remembered arsenic overmuch for somesthesia readings than nan last score.

The mercury plummeted to minus 3 pinch a wind chill of minus 25 astatine halftime of nan title played astatine Arrowhead Stadium.

The Grossman Burn Center successful Kansas City treated 30 patients who suffered frostbite successful January.

"To date, 12 patients person undergone amputation surgeries. Some of which attended nan Chiefs game," said Christine Hamele, subordinate vice president of HCA Midwest Health which operates seven hospitals, including nan Research Medical Center and its Grossman Burn Center.

"Our specialized physicians and master attraction squad proceed to dainty and show patients’ treatment to reside semipermanent needs, and we expect much surgical procedures complete nan adjacent 2 to 4 weeks arsenic their injuries evolve."

Hamele cautioned against drafting immoderate nonstop lines betwixt amputations and that frigid Chiefs crippled because those frostbitten limbs and digits could person resulted from different exposures.

"Some patients came successful post-Chief game, assuming it would heal," Hamele said. "When they arrived successful nan outpatient, they don’t ever reference nan Chiefs game. For example, 1 man was astatine nan Chiefs game, but is besides a metre reader."

That Jan. 13 crippled was 1 of nan astir notable of this precocious concluded playoff play because of nan weather, that it was only disposable to out-of-market fans via nan integer work Peacock and drew nan attendance of Taylor Swift, woman of Chiefs tight extremity Travis Kelce.

While Swift and Kelce's mother appeared comfortable successful a luxury suite, conditions extracurricular looked miserable.

Even Chief coach Andy Reid’s mustache was a casualty, turning to icicles successful nan bitter cold.

Fifteen fans, 10 pinch cold-related symptoms, were taken to hospitals by nan Kansas City Fire Department transported that evening. KCFD Battalion Chief Michael Hopkins said he’s grateful location weren’t much transports fixed nan conditions that frigid night.

“Arrowhead Stadium holds 79,000-plus fans and considering nan temperatures that time and nan windchill, 10 weather-related transports was an highly debased amount,” he said Thursday.

It was nan 4th coldest shot game successful NFL history pinch nan famed "Ice Bowl" of Dec. 31 1967 still serving astatine nan stiff gridiron standard.

The Green Bay Packers defeated nan Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, while enduring nan acold of minus 13 astatine kickoff pinch a windchill of minus 36 astatine Lambeau Field.

David K. Li

David K. Li is simply a elder breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital.