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Injured American tourist taken off life support

Α 51-year-old American tourist who sustained life-threatening injuries when a powerful firecracker exploded in a crowded church courtyard during Easter celebrations on Saturday on the southeastern Aegean island of Santorini, was taken off life support on Thursday.

Doctors at the Venizeleio University Hospital in Iraklio, Crete, said that they have brought the 51-year-old woman out of an induced coma following extensive abdominal surgery and taken her off life support. The woman, whose name has not been made public but is reported to be from Texas and currently living in Romania, is "awake and alert," according to a statement from the hospital.

Authorities in Santorini have arrested five people in connection with the incident, in which another six people, including the husband of American tourist Chris Presmyk and two of the couple's friends, were injured.

Meanwhile, tourism minister Olga Kefaloyanni announced that the Greek state would cover all medical expenses and the tickets of flights and hosting costs to Crete for the couple's children to visit them.