Boston Marathon ER doctor shares story at Alma Mater

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – One Boston Marathon runner returned to his Alma Mater this week,  trying to make good from the tragedy that claimed the lives of three people and injured 260 more.

Emergency Room Surgeon David King spoke with students at Mount Saint Charles in Woonsocket on Friday morning. A graduate himself, he ran in last year’s Boston Marathon and had already crossed the finish line and was headed home with his family when the bombs went off.

As soon as he heard the news, King raced to the Emergency Room he works in at Massachusetts General Hospital and immediately started operating on victims and saving lives.

“You can’t inspire everybody, but you can try like hell,” he told the students.

King said that day gave him a platform to get his message out there.

“It can be so much more than just a tragedy,” said Dr. David King, “The events and the response and the inspiration that comes from it afterword is what should be remembered.”

After he finished speaking to students, King told Eyewitness News that he hopes the Boston Marathon bombing is not remembered for the tragic incident itself, but for the inspiring stories that came afterwards.

Students listened closely as King talked about his first few moments in the emergency room, and said he knew immediately it was a bombing because the injuries were similar to what he witnessed in Afghanistan while serving in the military.

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