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|Monday was a harrowing day for John Scott, left, a surgical resident in Boston, pictured with brother Jeff, a Clemson assistant, and their father, Brad.|
"The force of the blasts was confusing, disorienting, and everyone was running as smoke started to fill the street. The Lenox and Boston Public Library blocked my full view of Boylston St. - I could see some runners directly ahead but it was instantaneously a rushing crowd...all I could process was that something terrible had happened to the right and then left of where I was based on the sound/impact of the explosions.
"My immediate priority was to search for and connect with a friend who was standing near the finish line; I was beyond relieved to find them safe and remain eternally grateful for their solidarity today. By that point - we were one street parallel to the physical injuries and thus not nearby the blast sites. We did our best, however, to offer hugs, our phones and some sort of sensible plan to people who were in shock, crying, and fearful of the 3rd + explosions that, thankfully, never came. I wish I could have done more to help..."
"I was doing an emergency appendectomy. In the middle of the case, I was paged by the Emergency Department to tell me a bomb went off at the marathon finish line and that we were expecting to take on a lot of injured patients. My heart sank to my gut. I wanted to know that Kir was okay. But I had a patient on the table in front of me who needed me to focus on THEM so that they’d make it through the operation safely. Thankfully Kir texted me about 15 minutes later and the nurse read it aloud. It was the longest 15 minutes of my entire life."
"People talk about scenes of chaos, but once the patients arrived to the ER, the nursing, medical, and surgical staff moved quickly and efficiently. This is why we train for years and years. To be ready, to be able, and to rely on each other to try and provide some comfort amid the suffering.
In the face of some nameless coward filled with hate and a desire to harm so many, what I’ll always remember the most is the way that everyone jumped into action, tireless and selflessly, doing anything and everything to help a stranger in need."
"I know there is something stronger, better and actually lasting in this place," she wrote. "I witnessed it today in you - my friends - and many strangers, and it inspired me. One of the marathon mottos is "All In For Boston" - an ubiquitous phrase plastered along the 26.2 mile course; it reminds me to dig deep, especially for this race. Given today's tragedy, I am determined to think of creative ways to offer encouragement and real support to those who are shaken, and to make our response - including next year's Boston Marathon - a bold and forceful statement to all those who would wish others harm: their evil cannot conquer the Good. Let's do this."