ER resident tells Charter TV3 why she returned to Boston Marathon

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

April 18, 2014
Maurine Williams
Maurine Williams, MD, will return as a volunteer in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon Monday, a year after she served on the team that treated bombing victims at the 2013 Marathon.

Maurine Williams, MD, headed back as a volunteer in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon Monday, alongside a dozen colleagues from UMass Medical School who helped save lives after last year’s bombings, she told Charter TV 3’s Worcester News Tonight.

“If other people are coming back to run it,” said Dr. Williams, senior resident in emergency medicine, “then I should come back to help.”

Williams, who volunteered in the medical tent for the first time last year, said her emergency training kicked in as she and other caregivers were inundated with patients suffering severe blood loss and other significant injuries.

“We initially said there is no way we are going to be able to save all these people,” she said, noting that three people lost their lives and hundreds of others were saved. “There were a lot of amazing people in that tent. I was honored to be able to work with them. We were able to keep a lot of people alive that initially looked like they would lose their lives.”

Watch Williams’ full April 16 interview with Charter TV3 reporter Mike Cronin Jr. below. The piece also aired on New England Cable News.

UMMS doctor returns to help at finish line

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