An innocent boy was found clinging to life after losing his leg during the Boston Marathon bombing. Frightened and alone, the boy was carried to an ambulance by brave bystanders who saved his life. His condition is improving — read on for more details.
Matt Patterson, an off-duty firefighter, was thrown into deadly chaos on April 15 when two bombs went off during the Boston Marathon. He bravely ran towards the blast site to find a young boy lying in a pool of blood and clinging on to life.
Matt Patterson Finds Hurt Young Boy After Boston Marathon Bombing
Matt tells the Daily Mail that he had noticed the injured young boy after one of the bombs went off — an explosion that killed three and injured 176 people. He says in the chaos immediately following the blasts, he saw a young boy clinging to life. He tells the Daily Mail:
There were people running and that’s when I noticed the boy. He was far too small to be an adult, so I immediately knew it was a child lying in the road, he was lying in a pool of blood. I ran over and noticed he had a clear amputation of his right leg….there was just soft tissue and muscle hanging.
Although the firefighter didn’t get the boy’s exact age or name, he appeared to be in extreme shock. He adds:
I was talking to him, asking his name. My best recognition is that it was Shane or Sean. He was so close to the blast, his hair was blown back like someone got a hairdryer and blew it back. He must have been thrown through the air. I was out of the restaurant so fast and he was already in the middle of the street.
Matt Patterson & Michael Chase Save The Boy’s Life
After he noticed the boy needed immediate help, he was joined by heroic bystander Michael Chase, a trained police officer. Together, they helped save the boy’s life. Matt tells the Daily Mail:
I identified myself as an off-duty firefighter. I asked [Michael] for his belt and we used it as a tourniquet to the boy’s leg. We needed to get him help so we carried him a block and a half to the ambulance…We definitely saved that kid’s life.
Injured Boy Recovering After Boston Bombing
Matt tells the Daily Mail that he also noticed the lifeless body of Martin Richard after the blast, and gave him two breaths of CPR. Pale and with no signs of life, Martin covered him up with a sheet.
Although the Boston Children’s Hospital wouldn’t comment on whether the young boy described matched any of the nine kids being treated, the hospital only has two children left in critical condition as of April 18, and one who is in good condition out of the ICU. Boston Medical Center also has a 5-year-old in critical condition.
Overall, Boston Medical Center’s Chief of Trauma Services Peter Burke, tells the Boston Globe that patients:
“Are getting better, and we are happy with their progress.”
The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 killed a total of three people — Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29 and Lu Lingzi, 23.
Such a heroic story. We hope the little boy is safe, and has a healthy and speed recovery. What do YOU think of the miraculous story, HollyMoms?
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