Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital patient Marc Fucarile and Dr. David Crandell
On April 15, 2013, Dr. David King finished running the Boston Marathon – and then rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital to operate on 15 people over the following 30 hours. The trauma surgeon’s story is just one of many others like it: doctors and nurses who heard news of the bombs at the marathon and hurried to their hospitals to treat the wounded.
MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital each treated 39 patients injured at the marathon, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital treated 17. Across the city, paramedics, firefighters, police, doctors, nurses and countless others worked as one to make sure that every patient who arrived at a hospital survived.
Adam Barrett, RN, was in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at MGH on April 15. “It became very clear to me that day that a major part of our role in all areas of care delivery is to always expect the unexpected and to not allow those situations to rattle you,” he said. “There were many staff who were off that day who did not even call to see if we needed extra staff – they just came in.”