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UR surgeon gives insight on emergency trauma situations

Posted at: 04/16/2013 4:50 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 9:25 PM

The images of people frantically trying to get medical help after the Boston bombings have impacted people worldwide. But what was it like to be an emergency medical provider during the attack?

A vascular surgeon from the University of Rochester gave some insight to News10NBC. He treated wounded soldiers in Iraq.

Dr. David Gillespie said, "It's worse for civilians because they don't wear body armor. The soldiers have a Kevlar helmet. They've got a flack vest on and that prevents them from getting mortal injuries to most of their torso and head, but not so for civilians standing in crowds as you saw in Boston yesterday. The people who have lost limbs obviously that physical attribute will be there, but the psychological thing will be just as lingering but not as apparent. The uncertainty of being in crowded spaces, of when it would happen again, someplace they thought was safe and secure is now not."