In the 24 hours since two bombs ripped through the finish line area at the Boston Marathon, the scope of the devastation has come into focus, while it's still unclear who's behind the act of terrorism.
Anderson Cooper reports live from Boston at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on the frantic search for answers, the victims and their families and the witnesses who became heroes. First responders and regular people there to compete or watch the marathon ran toward the chaos to aid the wounded, risking their own safety.
More than 180 people were injured and three people died, including 8-year-old Martin Richard , 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and an unnamed Boston University graduate student.
At least 13 victims have had amputations. A trauma doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital told CNN's Jason Carroll that the worst damage he's seen is the destruction to patients' legs.
Ron Brassard considers himself lucky, even though he’s hospitalized with wounds from the first bombing at the Boston Marathon. “There were so many people injured so much worse than I was,” Brassard told Anderson in a bedside interview at his hospital.
Brassard got a severe leg wound when the first bomb exploded just 10 feet away from him, his wife and their daughter. He told Anderson the pain that shot through his leg was incredible and the blood was coming out at a “scary rate.”
Brassard said runners literally tore their shirts off their bodies – not over their heads – to make tourniquets for him.
Brassard’s wife is also hospitalized with wounds. Incredibly, his daughter wasn’t hurt. A family friend who was with them lost both of her legs in the attack. The Brassards were near the finish line to cheer on their friend's sister who was running the marathon.
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CNN's Jason Carroll talks with Dr. Ron Walls of Brigham and Women's Hospital about the patients in his care, including two in critical condition, who were wounded in the Boston Marathon bombings. Walls says the worst of the injuries happened to people's legs, while the shrapnel wounds have been relatively minor.
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