‘The Patients Just Kept Coming’
The doctors who treated victims of the mass shooting in Orlando talk about their experiences.
This Is Not A Drill! Trauma Workers Talk About Treating Orlando Shooting Victims
"Our first patient was relatively stable, awake and talking, and we thought, 'Maybe they are all going to be like this," she says. But the next patient -- was critical. Then there were four or five more close behind him. "The patients just kept coming,” says trauma surgeon Dr. Chadwick Smith. “One came and another came and another came." They came without warning, or paramedics to stabilize them and help the doctors and nurses assess their injuries. (6/14)
The Associated Press:
Doctors: Orlando Shooting Victims Arrived By 'Truckloads'
The first victim of the nightclub shooting arrived shortly after 2 a.m. and was relatively stable, giving doctors working the overnight shift hope that any others would arrive in a similar condition.Then five more came, in much worse shape, and then more, and more still, until so many bleeding people were lining up in the emergency room that even hardened trauma surgeons and nurses were brought to tears."They were dropped off in truckloads, in ambulance-loads," said Dr. Kathryn Bondani. (6/14)