On Monday, Dr. Albert Pendleton was five feet from the finish line at the Boston Marathon where he was volunteering at the medical tent. Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon doing his residency in Boston says he was knocked to the ground from the explosion but was able to recover and help the injured around him. This morning he joins “Starting Point” to weigh in on the aftermath of the explosions and treating victims at the scene.
Pendleton says he and others at the medical tent “were well set up for this situation because we literally had basically like a field hospital on site.” He adds “you couldn’t have had a larger group of physicians in one spot.”
When the two explosions occurred Pendleton says the medical staff which was comprised of about “50 physicians, 50 nurses [and] 50 athletic trainers” rushed the injured into the medical center that held around 200 beds.
The scene was “obviously very emotional and shocking” says Pendleton. But he says in the moment he just told himself “you just work, you’ve just got to go for it. I’m going to try to help as many people as I can.”
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