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Jackson doctor works Boston Marathon medical tent

Because the tent was only 100 feet from that first explosion, it wasn't long before the injured started coming through. Because the tent was only 100 feet from that first explosion, it wasn't long before the injured started coming through.
Dr. Richard Guynes is a life-long runner. So, the chance to be a part of the Boston Marathon medical team was a dream. Dr. Richard Guynes is a life-long runner. So, the chance to be a part of the Boston Marathon medical team was a dream.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dr. Richard Guynes is a life-long runner. So, the chance to be a part of the Boston Marathon medical team was a dream. But that dream turned into a scene out of a nightmare Monday.

"All of us quickly realized that there had been some kind of an attack or bombing and the scene was going to be forever changed and we were not going to be taking care of runners any longer probably," recalls Guynes.

Because the tent was only 100 feet from that first explosion, it wasn't long before the injured started coming through.

"The first 10 to 20 were many gruesome injuries that I, of course, would not have ever seen as a cardiologist," Guynes explained.

Guynes' section helped stabilize those who didn't have life-threatening injuries. But other doctors were calling for assistance throughout the tent.

"I did have the opportunity to try to help a lady. Krystle Campbell, I believe is her name, who did ultimately pass away, unfortunately. She was already in shock and had bled a great deal and had bled a great deal before she made it into the tent. Her face, I've seen it on television. She looks completely different than when I saw her in the tent," said Guynes.

He says about an hour passed at the tent before everyone cleared but because it was so chaotic, it seemed like much longer.

"A lot of memories of some of the other people that I got to know and talk to while we were just starting IVs and trying to reassure them or help them text or call family members on our cell phones or their cell phones," Guynes said.

While it's tough for Guynes to see the images from that day, he's struck by the goodness of strangers he saw at the scene.

"A lot of just common, just ordinary people rose up. Bystanders, EMS people, medical volunteers and just did things they weren't prepared to do," explained Guynes.

He plans to participate in next year's marathon as a show of support. He hasn't decided if he will run the race or work at the medical tent again.

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