Albany Med Doc in Boston when bombs exploded

Posted at: 04/18/2013 12:26 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 1:00 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - A doctor from Albany Medical Center was in Boston when the bombs exploded.

Doctor Kim Kilby rushed to help those injured.

Dr. Kilby is a marathoner and tri-athlete herself as well as a medical professional.

She decided to volunteer at the Boston Marathon this year in part to experience a world class event and see what she could learn, ending up of course getting much more intense of an experience than she expected.

Dr. Kim Kilby was expecting to see triage patients at the medical tent just past the finish line in Boston.

But when the two bombs exploded, the dehydration and exhaustion complaints that had been coming in shifted to emergencies much worse.

Kilby says she depended on her medical training, recounting the experience in the calm, measured terms you expect of a doctor.

Because there were so many medical professionals in the blast area she says most of the initial care was dealt with in about an hour. After that she was dismissed, retrieved her car and started driving back to the capital region.

Dr. Kilby says the experience has not soured her on endurance racing or volunteering her medical expertise at events like the marathon.

She is training to run the New York City 26 mile marathon.