A city of world-class hospitals with world-class professionals working at them. As someone who's only very occasionally heard the behind-the-scenes stories of mass trauma events, I can't even imagine the pressure in a situation like this. But every single person who came in alive is eventually going out the front door, barring some unforeseen complication, whether in a wheelchair or on crutches or under their own power. And that, my friends, is an amazing feat, and a tribute to true professionalism and dedication.

In a glimmer of good news after last week’s tragedy, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.

That includes several people who arrived with legs attached by just a little skin, a 3-year-old boy with a head wound and bleeding on the brain, and a little girl riddled with nails. Even a transit system police officer whose heart had stopped and was close to bleeding to death after a shootout with the suspects now appears headed for recovery.


“All I feel is joy,” said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, referring to his hospital’s 31 blast patients. “Whoever came in alive, stayed alive.”