As the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continues, more heartbreaking details of the six-year-old girl who was left dismembered in the blast have been revealed. The courageous paramedic who jumped to save little Jane Richard’s life using a stranger’s belt, left the jury stunned on March 9.
Matthew Patterson, a paramedic from Lynn Fire Department in Mass., described the horrific moment he discovered Jane Richard, now 8-years-old, in his testimony against Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21.
Paramedic Describes Gruesome Details Of Boston Marathon Bombing
It hasn’t been an easy week for the victims and their families of the Boston Marathon bombings as the trial continues for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but also for the courageous people who jumped in to save the lives of those victims.
Matthew bravely took the stand to tell the jury just how traumatic that day was for him. He stated that after the explosions he ran out onto the street to help those who were injured, according to the Daily Mail. The first victim he came upon was Jane, who was only six at the time.
He told the court that right away he saw how badly she was injured, because she was missing her leg and all of her hair was singed off. So terrible.
He quickly sprung into action by grabbing a belt from a stranger to use as a tourniquet where her leg had been blown off, according to the outlet. Thank goodness for Matthew’s quick thinking!
He then went on to say he lifted Jane into his arms and raced through the devastation carrying her alongside her father, Bill Richard.
“The scene was more or less in utter chaos,” Matthew told the court. “It was hard to tell who was walking wounded and who was there to help.” So devastating.
Jane Lost Her 8-Year-Old Brother In The Blast
Jane wasn’t the only Richard victim, her older brother Martin, 8, had also been severely injured. Sadly, the little boy didn’t make it. “There was nothing that could be done at that time,” Matthew told the court. So unbelievably horrible. The Richard family has been through so much.
You can find updates on little Jane’s road to recovery from the Richard family’s website here.
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing.
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