WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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T r e at i n g B o s t o n M a r at h o n b o m b i n g v i c t i m s Ready for a typical day's caseload, on April 15, 2013, Dr. Mooney was on call in the hospital when his wife Linda telephoned to tell him about the Boston Marathon bombings. As soon as Mooney's colleagues heard about the horror, they came in to join him. Mooney and his staff treated ten victims. "I had seven of my surgeon colleagues here. We just had so much help from people who literally had to walk the last few blocks to the hospital because the police had shut down streets around the hospital. When we told them we needed help, they helped, and when we told them we didn't need them, they got out of the way." Mooney reported to People magazine about the severity and uniqueness of the bombing victims' injuries, stating: These kids were really badly hurt. They had soot all over their faces, burnt hair and burnt eyebrows and tourniquets on their legs that first responders had put there to save their lives and keep them from bleeding to death … A little girl had a lot of injuries, and nails were sticking out of her body. We were removing nails from the flesh in her side. That was the thing that gives you pause … It was horrible. It was hard to imagine someone would do this. While eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombing, was not a patient at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Mooney wishes the child had made it to his trauma unit so he and his staff could have had a chance at saving his life. One third of children who live through any medical trauma experi- ence post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an acute anxiety disorder that lasts more than four weeks. Dr. Mooney explains that PTSD doesn't correlate with the severity of an injury, but instead with the reaction 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 an interview with dr. david mooney

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