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April 17, 2013

Finish line volunteer ends up working triage


A woman in her teens or 20s who had suffered shrapnel wounds to her legs and lost a great deal of blood at first appeared to be stable, but Moldoff could see that she was losing consciousness.

“She didn’t look right,” she said. “She started declining.” Moldoff tried talking to the young woman to get a better idea of what her condition was, but her responses made no sense, she explained.

“She was in and out” of conscientious, she said – going into shock. The volunteers were told to cut off the victims’ clothes to get them ready for treatment at a hospital, she said.

“She was just so upset,” Moldoff recalled. “She was in a lot of pain.” The young woman eventually was taken to a hospital.

Moldoff said she thinks the woman survived.

The police blocked off most of the streets near the finish line and finally told people to leave Boston. Moldoff walked to her sister’s dorm at Simmons College. From there, she took a subway to Riverside Station in Newton, got in her car and went home.

Monday’s experience “hasn’t sunk in,” said Moldoff, the daughter of Amy and Ross Moldoff. This was the third year she volunteered at the Marathon. Asked if she plans to do it again next year, she said, “Absolutely.”




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