While hospitals along the Boston Marathon route typically prepare for a surge of patients on race day, on April 15, 2013, these area hospitals were inundated with hundreds of patients with injuries more typical of war wounds than marathon injuries.
Two bombs detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line at approximately 3pm. The explosions caused three fatalities and hundreds of injuries. Most of the victims suffered lower-body injuries to bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. Doctors removed shrapnel, dealt with severed limbs and performed amputations on several victims.
See also: CBRNE