The last of 13 patients admitted to Central Maine Medical Center following the Lewiston mass shootings in October was released on Friday. The patient was not identified. Photo courtesy of Central Maine Healthcare

Central Maine Medical Center on Friday released the last of the 13 patients it treated in the wake of the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston.

Team members lined the hospital’s main entrance to give a warm sendoff to the patient, whom the hospital did not identify, News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ) reported.

“This is an early Christmas present, not just for the patient and his family, but for all of us at Central Maine Healthcare,” Steve Littleson, president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare, said in a statement. “Watching the last patient from that tragic night in October leave the hospital gives us all assurance, as a community, that we are one step closer on the road to healing.”

Robert Card, a 40-year-old Army reservist from Bowdoin, killed 18 people and wounded 13 others at two locations in Lewiston – Just-in-Time Recreation and Schemengees Bar & Grille – the night of Oct. 25 and then took his own life. His body was found two days later in a trailer at a recycling facility in Lisbon where he had worked.

All but one of the 14 patients who initially survived Maine’s deadliest mass shooting were taken to CMMC, Central Maine Healthcare said. Three patients reportedly died at the hospital, and one was brought to and was discharged from Mass General Hospital.

“The doctors, nurses, and team members of CMMC extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragic event and wish all a measure of peace this holiday season in every stage of grief and healing,” the hospital’s statement said.

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