As the Boston Marathon 2014 takes place today, it unfortunately brings to mind the tragedy that happened last year.
Over one year ago this month, we were stunned by the bombing that happened at the Boston Marathon.
What was supposed to be a time of celebration and strength, turned into terror and tragedy, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 pm EDT, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others.
When I first heard of the incident, my mind turned to when I served on the Boston Marathon Medical team in 1991. Every year, a team of podiatric students from my Alma Mater, Temple University, and Dr. Howard Palamarchuk, head to Boston to help runners with simple running injuries. No one imagined it would turn into a war zone with life and death injuries.
Dr. Palamarchuk shared the following about that day, “Usually, we take care of problems — ankle problems, blister control. That’s about as bad as it ever gets…and suddenly, there were just two — one large explosion followed by another. You could feel the concussion of it. And then it smelled like gunpowder. Then, all of the sudden, the medical tent suddenly became a mass casualty tent.”
We wanted to take a moment and remember the victims, and the family members of the victims who are undoubtedly still overcoming grief from this horrific event. Our hearts are with you, and we wish you peace and comfort as you continue to overcome this tragedy.