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Medical records: George Zimmerman had black eyes, painful broken nose but no head trauma

The morning after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman went to a clinic with what appeared to be a broken nose, two black eyes and two cuts on the back of his head. But the physician’s assistant who treated him determined he neither needed X-rays nor had he suffered head trauma, newly released medical records show.

Zimmerman declined to go to an ear, nose and throat specialist even though it was recommended, the physician’s assistant wrote. She also suggested he see a psychologist because of what he had just gone through.

On Tuesday, Zimmerman’s defense attorney used his website to share the evidence he presented last week in court at his client’s bail hearing. He posted statements and recordings from witnesses who saw Zimmerman getting beaten, copies of his interviews with police as well as his medical record from the office visit the morning after he shot Trayvon.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara believes the evidence demonstrates that Zimmerman received repeated blows from the unarmed teen and was in reasonable fear for his life when he shot him Feb. 26 in Sanford. He offered the documents to Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, who is expected to rule Thursday on whether to release Zimmerman on bail. O’Mara’s argument: Is it fair for Zimmerman to spend a year in jail before trial for a killing he may never be convicted of?

“At the June 29 bond hearing, the defense submitted a number of exhibits into evidence in an effort to demonstrate the weaknesses of the State’s case against George Zimmerman and illustrate the strength of Mr. Zimmerman’s claim of self defense,” O’Mara wrote on his site Tuesday.

The medical records document several injuries, but also state that the only reason Zimmerman sought medical attention was because he needed a doctor’s note to return to work, Duval County Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said in court last week.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman’s injuries are not severe enough for the thrashing he claims to have endured. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and, if convicted, faces a possible life sentence.

De la Rionda had kept the report sealed, citing medical exemptions to public records laws.

The medical report details an overweight man who at 28 suffered from a variety of ailments including tonsil stones and irritable bowel syndrome. His mood was “appropriate,” and he showed “no acute distress.”

At 5 feet 7½ inches and 204 lbs, the physician assistant at Altamonte Family Practice described Zimmerman as “obese.” Zimmerman’s size compared to Trayvon’s has been a heated topic of discussion both in court and the blogosphere, as people on opposite sides of the controversial issue debate who had the upper hand during the altercation. Zimmerman was much shorter than the nearly six-foot Trayvon, but was 45 pounds heavier.

The report also said although Zimmerman did not have any blurry vision or dizziness, he said he got nauseous every time he thought of the night’s violence.

The report detailed two open wounds on the back of Zimmerman’s head, one two centimeters and one half a centimeter, which did not require stitches. She described his head as “normocephalic and atraumatic’’ — normal and without injuries.

His nose was fractured, hurt, and he suffered joint pain likely because of the assault, the physician’s assistant, Lindzee E. Folgate wrote. “We discussed that it is likely broken, but does not appear to have septal deviation,” the report said. “The swelling and black eyes are typical of this injury. I recommended that he be evaluated by ENT but he refused.”

His wounds were cleaned by paramedics at the scene, but he did not go to a hospital immediately after the shooting.

Zimmerman claims the Miami Gardens teenager attacked him and slammed his head on concrete. Prosecutors believe Zimmerman profiled the unarmed teenager, because he assumed Trayvon was a criminal.

The records show Zimmerman takes a variety of medications, including pills that both elevate your mood and calm it. He suffers from sacroiliitis, inflammation of the joints in the lower spine.




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