Stephen Segatore thought that of all the Boston Marathons he had worked, the last one would be pretty easy. He thought that his major duties would be nothing more than helping people with twisted ankles or muscle cramps because the weather was cool and less chance was there for dehydration or heat stroke.
However, quite contrary to his expectations, the Marathon on Monday gave him the most horrific experience in his long nursing career. He heard the sound of first explosion while talking to a group of nurses and doctors.
Those medical people who were there to treat the achy and exhausted formed a trauma team instantly. Those who had experience of working with trauma dashed immediately to the direction of noise. Segatore had the experience of working with trauma as he had previously worked in Tufts Medical Center’s intensive care unit.
He saw people with missing body parts in the spots of explosion. He said that he had training of what to do in such situations but no training can prepare people to stand such horrible sights. A team consisting of dozens of nurses and doctors volunteered at the Marathon on Monday. Segatore was one of them.
The volunteer medical team gave the victims immediate treatments. They worked for stopping bleeding and tried to start IVs so that the victims could quickly get into ambulances and the emergency rooms of hospitals. Without proper supply, they treated at least dozens of victims for serious trauma.
Segatore said that nobody in the Boston Marathon expected a terrorist attack in his or her far, wild imagination. He said to see people dying throughout the world but no incident all over his career had made him so upset or angry.
However, he said that the doctors and nursed had performed their duties impeccably. He described those two hours as the most amazing hours in his twenty years of nursing career.