April 16th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

Doctor: The worst thing I've ever seen

Boston Medical Center's Dr. Natalie Stavas, a pediatric physician, was at the end of the Boston Marathon when she heard the explosions. She says instincts and adrenaline kicked in as she raced toward the devastating scene to aid the wounded. Stavas tells Anderson Cooper she performed CPR on one woman, then cared for another woman who had a sharp object impaled in her groin, and she helped a young man whose foot was severely mangled from the bombings.

Watch more of Anderson's interview with Dr. Stavas:

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  1. Edgar

    Where was the "Grace of God" when the explosion ocurred......apparently turning a blind eye and allowed innocent people to get hurt.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  2. vic

    This doctor must have never traveled to any developing country, responded to any natural disaster, or been in any war zones. I treated people in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and had to amputate arms, legs, hands, feet with a plain saw- sterilized with rubbing alcohol if I had it, and rum if I didn't. There were people who were trapped for days with visible cranial bones and nails in eye sockets. Yes, this bombing was terrible; however, people in other countries experience this every single day. Go out and help other people. Your life will change for the better, and hopefully their lives will get a little better too.

    May 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  3. Mike

    Pray all you want, but it was doctors with good science education that saved these lives.

    May 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Lia Moreno

      No it was by the grace of God that these people survived.

      May 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • PJ

        So it was by the grace of God that the others *didn't* survive?

        May 15, 2013 at 10:32 am |
      • Mark

        So by your reasoning, it was by the grace of God that 3 were killed.

        May 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
      • Greg

        I wonder if the 'grace of god' would have saved these people if the grace of this trained medical professional wouldn't have. I suspect not. Like the athlete that thanks god he caught the ball for the winning touchdown. God didn't allow him to catch that ball; his years of practice did.

        I guess the 'grace of god' also compelled the bombers to kill an eight year old at the Boston Marathon. 'The Lord Giveth and Taketh Away', right? Sheesh.

        May 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  4. margaret foster

    i will pray for all the people that lost there family and i hope yall over come this and soon

    April 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm |