Salina Doctor Tends To Wounded At Boston Marathon

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Monday, April 15, 2013

A Salina surgeon was in the middle of all the chaos in Boston as soon as it happened.

Dr. Chris Rupe and his wife Abbey were both competing in Monday's Boston Marathon. Chris Rupe tells KAKE News that he was just ten yards away when the first bomb exploded.

"I had just crossed the finish line when I head something behind me and it was extremely loud. There was smoke coming on the street and I though I would go back and see if there was anything I could do to help."

Dr. Rupe, who has a general surgery practice in Salina, was quickly lead by marathon volunteers to the medical tent where he tended to the survivors.

"There was traumatic fractures, soft tissue injuries from the explosion. Mostly shrapnel injuries that would cause that."

Rupe says major injuries were immediately transported to hospitals.

Dr. Rupe's wife Abbey, who also is a doctor, crossed the finish line about 30 minutes before her husband. She says she knew he was probably crossing the finish line just as the bombs exploded. She was frantic until her husband got a hold of her from the medical tent to let her know he was okay.

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