Healers Doing Their Jobs

We have heard praise for the courageous first responders–the citizens who gave first aid, the police, firefighters and other professionals who tirelessly worked to restore the peace and safety of Boston.

The nurses, doctors and other staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are caring for the injured, were on the front lines saving lives. These professionals saw the worst and were tasked with handling the emergency, and caring for the injured through however long it takes.

They are also caring for one of the men who caused all this suffering, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured alive.

This is their mission– to make sure this man does not evade justice, but survives to face his crime. I trust them to use their skills to ensure that this man will make it to the courtroom, and be forced to listen to the testimony of those he harmed. And perhaps, to spend the rest of his life in a cell with nothing else to think about.

While fools in Congress call for torture, the hardworking Americans who keep our hospitals going will serve our country. It can’t be easy, but as President Obama said, “Boston is a tough and resilient town.” The healers are showing the world just how tough they are.

Here’s the view from inside Mass General hospital…

BOSTON (AP) — The screams and cries of bloody marathon bombing victims still haunt the nurses who treated them one week ago. They did their jobs as they were trained to do, putting their own fears in a box during their 12-hour shifts so they could better comfort their patients.

Only now are these nurses beginning to come to grips with what they endured — and are still enduring as they continue to care for survivors. They are angry, sad and tired. A few confess they would have trouble caring for the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, if he were at their hospital and they were assigned his room.

And they are thankful. They tick off the list of their hospital colleagues for praise: from the security officers who guarded the doors to the ER crews who mopped up trails of blood. The doctors and — especially — the other nurses.

Every one deserves a medal, I hope Boston never forgets their service.

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