FW: My experience at Bellevue yesterday
- Last one for a while...I promise. eb
As some of you may or may not know, I am a BU 4th year student doing a
year of research in the Dept of Plastic Surgery at NYU. As you can
imagine yesterday was truly surreal. From the top of the hospital, I saw
the explosion as the second plane crashed into the south tower. It was
really like something out of the movies. After the initial shock wore off
we ran down to the ED as we expected to be inundated with burn patients.
About 25 minutes after we saw the second explosion, the longest of my life
it seemed, the first wave of patients came in. I don't know if everyone
has seen the Matrix, but these people had 30-60% of their bodies
covered with third degree burns from the blasts traveling down the
elevator shafts and shooting into the lobby. It was while we took care of
the first wave of patients that we heard of the collapses. After that
time it was painfully quiet in the ED. There were about 300 docs standing
around just waiting to help patients who never came.
Today I'm heading down to the site with a surgery team to see if
we can help in any way. Being at ground zero so to speak, I can only urge
all of you to unite and continue on with life. It's normal to be afraid,
believe me I was, but we've got to get past this and get on with life. If
we don't then the people who have done this terrible act will have
succeeded in a much greater way. Take care.