Hours following a pair of blasts at the Boston Marathon that left 2 dead and up to 100 wounded according to reports, a chief doctor at the hospital where many of the patients are being treated credited Israelis with teaching his team how to respond to such disastrous attacks.
“About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner,” said Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, responding to a question about the preparedness of his staff to handle trauma on this scale.
Earlier in the interview Conn was asked, “Would you characterize these as almost something you would see in a military setting?”
“Oh absolutely, absolutely this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad, or Israel or some other tragic place in the world,” he responded.
The doctor updated reporters on the horrific nature of the injuries sustained by the victims and the steps his team was taking to treat them.
While little concrete information is available about who was responsible for the attack, the New York Post is reporting that, “Law enforcement sources confirmed to The Post that authorities have a identified a suspect, a Saudi national.” (Update: Authorities have denied the reports).