UNM medical resident helped victims at Boston Marathon

Posted at: 04/16/2013 10:14 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 10:44 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Danielle Deines
Photo: Danielle Deines

A UNM Hospital resident intern was caught in the middle of the tragedy and chaos Monday in Boston. Instead of running for safety, she got to work.

Danielle Deines spends almost every day at UNMH working with patients. On Monday, she ran her first Boston Marathon. Little did she know, she’d end up treating patients on the streets of Boston.

Danielle remembers the cheers, the looks on everyone’s faces, as she made her way through parts of Boston. “So much excitement the whole way down the course. It was a great day for everybody really up until then,” said Danielle.

She finished the race in 3 hours and 15 minutes. She was in the medical tent, being treated for severe leg cramps, when she heard the first explosion. “At first, we were just kind of looking at each other going, ‘what was that?’”

Seconds later, another one. “I looked at her and I was like, look, if that was actually something real, whatever it was, I’m a doctor so please put me to work,” added Danielle.

Barely able to walk because of her leg cramps, Danielle got up and started working.

The injuries she saw were what you would see in a war zone. “There were a couple of people who, like the guy who we sent in the ambulance. He had a leg that was partially severed off at the bottom,” said Danielle.

It’s been more than 24 hours and the images and sounds linger. She can’t get them out of her head. “Seeing some of the worst injuries and then just replaying the whole thing in my head of where could I have helped more or what could I have done differently or that sort of thing,” said Danielle.

Danielle told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the streets of Boston are very quiet Tuesday night. Police are on almost every corner near where the explosion occurred.

She said she’ll be back to work in Albuquerque next week. She also said she does plan on running another Boston Marathon.