Family waits for word on injured loved ones
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Many of the dozens of people injured in Boston Marathon bombing were brought to Boston area hospitals in critical condition. Spread out through eight hospitals, most suffered injuries to their lower extremities.
A lot appeared to be severed limbs and parts of the lower parts of the body, lower extremities.
Families that were trying to reunite with runners that were in the process of running the marathon were headed to the Gardens and Commons - but many families then learned that their loved ones were rushed to the hospital.
Among the dozens hurt in Monday’s blast, Lorraine Gagnon’s cousin, cheering on the runners.
“Nobody knew where she was. Nobody knew anything,” said Gagnon.
Family members said she lost both her legs, her daughter also hurt in the chaos.
“We don't know anything about what's going on with her. All we know is she's in a surgical unit. Celeste seems to think she has something in her leg, that’s all Celeste knows,” said Gagnon.
Mother and daughter are being treated at Boston Medical Center. Family are worried she has no idea she lost her legs.
“I’m numb, just numb,” said Gagnon.
Lorraine Gagnon’s husband, who spent four years as an army medic, ran three miles from Charlestown to the blast to help. He had no idea at the time this tragedy could hit so close to home.
“It was definitely needed at the time so I decided it was -- I had to go. When I got there, it was just chaotic. People were still trying to get out. The looks of terror on people's faces that I’ve seen tonight…it’s just something that's not going to go away for a while. I'm angry at the fact this is happening in our backyard. This is something that you would see in a war zone, not something you would see here in Boston,” said Gagnon’s husband.
Family members said that as horrific as Monday was, they anticipate Tuesday will be even tougher on the family once the victims in the hospital learn exactly how widespread all of the damage is across town.