Boston Marathon Bombing a 'Mangled Mess': Witness

Dr. Allan Panter, an emergency-room doctor, discusses what he saw and how he tried to save lives.
2:19 | 04/16/13

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Now with more on what was -- -- by the victims and the first responders and those first surreal moments after the explosions. Ripped through the finish line I'm now joined by doctor Alan -- and his wife Teresa. -- -- an emergency doctoring Gainesville Georgia you are a family nurse practitioner did doctor I want to start with you. What did you see about twenty feet from the blast. -- noticed a large explosion and felt the heat in the wave comes torturing them turn in my right. And basically. Took about three steps and then heard another explosion further down the block. Which turned -- back around to see people behind me. Bleeding and then people who Wear and is there was standing next to me bleeding and pretty much a mangled mess. We've heard the numbers that when you see mangled mess what exactly are you looking. I would estimate about six to seven people come -- lying on top -- each other. In a mess of bodies and -- you. We're -- to treat woman one woman in particular. What did you see one lady had an effect on our aspirations. -- start try to control -- another gentleman started doing CPR. And do we work do we get a stretcher there we catapults you up until we've -- into the medical tent where laughter thank you mentioned. And -- the bodies what sort of injuries we've seen it was mostly lower extremity blast injuries one children. -- modest -- -- legs below the knees. Everybody else -- sometime broken leg fractures leg wounds. Century city you were mere steps from the finish line in fact he was waiting for you to cross. What did you know you do you must have heard the blast did you have a sense of -- what it. -- I was scared because -- -- sounded. Like it was a mom -- and I mean he was -- class so my first worry was where was he added. -- your story is also one of the confusion of those first moments. -- about an hour passed before you could finally reunite what was that our life. What -- said. Well it was great to have you there as well we thank you for your service in those first moments doctor.

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