Panel: 41 could have survived
Hillsborough Independent Panel says lives could have been saved
Last Updated: September 12, 2012 3:00pm
The Hillsborough Independent Panel report has revealed that 41 of the 96 fans who lost their lives in April 1989 could possibly have been saved.
After 450,000 pages of official documents relating to the tragedy were published, the emergency services have come under fire for their "shortcomings" in how they responded to the situation.
The coroner's report submitted to the original Taylor Report on the disaster insisted that all 96 victims had received fatal injuries by 3.15pm on the day of the ill-fated FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
But the HIP report has revealed 41 of the deceased were either alive after 3.15, or had suffered injuries which were inconsistent with the findings of the pathologists.
Panel member Dr Bill Kirkupp said: "Twenty eight people had definite evidence that they didn't have obstruction of the bloodflow, 16 people had definite evidence of heart and lungs continuing to function for a prolonged period after the crush.
"In total 41 therefore had evidence that they had potential to survive after the period of 3.15.
"What I can't say is how many of them could, in actuality, have been saved.
"But I can say is that, potentially, it was in that order of magnitude."