Hospitals open with heightened security
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Rescue crews were quick into action Monday. Medical staff, police, first responders all on hand to help the injured, even just civilians.
At 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, visitors and patients were allowed back into Brigham and Women’s Hospital which had been closed.
Guards remained right outside the front door and even once you get in, the hospital’s information booth is lined with police officers. As doctors moved into position, heavily armed police guarded every entrance at Boston hospitals. The police presence and the injured arrived in one after another was tough for patients and families to watch.
“I was in there with my daughter. She was in for some tests. She is still in there,” said Peter Bickoff who had been visiting his daughter at the hospital.
Nobody was allowed in, nobody out.
“We want to make sure that our security team and our caregivers can stay focused on caring for the injured,” said one hospital official.
There is also a heavy police presence at other Boston hospitals: tight security at Mass General, swat teams patrolling outside of Boston Medical Center, and more of the same at Tufts Medical Center. F.B.I. agents and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were seen going in and out of the building. That led to speculation and at least one report out of New York that a suspect was being held at Brigham and Women's. Boston Police, though, said there was no such suspect.
Some people were forced to take all of this in as they're trying to get over the trauma of what they had seen on Boylston Street.
“It’s sad. Right at the finish line. It came right through my chest, my body. Boom, it's a flash and then boom again,” said witness Rene Hosker.
Patients were taken to eight Boston hospitals. More than 140 people were treated, 31 of those were taken to Brigham and Women’s hospital.
Doctors said the victims, a lot of them who actually had to undergo surgery, will be undergoing surgery again today. It’s unclear exactly how many are still in the hospital and how many have been treated or released. An update on the status at least at Brigham and Women’s hospital was expected sometime Tuesday morning.