Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Marathon bombing brings out the best in Americans

It is hard to understand how yesterday's tragedy could have happened. Yet despite the horrifying scenes, you hear the good stories of people helping people. On the radio and TV we are forced to relive the terrifying scenes but now more and more stories of herioc events are being told. One such story is of a podiatrist who the Doctors at Podiatry Care Specialists all know, and the student doctors of his that assist at the finish line, all jumping in to help the wounded.

Dr. Palamarchuk, a podiatrist from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, has taken students to the Boston marathon for 28 years. A tent is set up for the end of the race for those runners suffering from foot and ankle issues to be treated. Most of the runners would be treated for simple blisters and ankle sprains. Not this year. They were located half a block from the explosion site. Dr. Palamarchuk and his students ran to the victims aid. They were able to triage patients. Taking the lead from the medical doctors in the area, they were able to treat some of the victims and move them out of the area. He was quoted in an article for NBC 10 to say "Everyone treated. It's just quick, grab whatever you can. They reacted quickly and took the lead of the medical doctors. It was a good effort. I was proud of them."
Dr. Palamarchuk

What should have been a exciting day turned into a horrifying events but yet these stories of good continue to prove the strength of the American people. As Fred Rogers stated "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."


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