More information revealed on Tuesday on how doctors, nurses, and hospital staff jumped into action to save lives after the terror attack at a Orlando nightclub. One doctor says the nightclub massacre was “the largest disaster that we probably could have imagined.” Patient after patient arrived turning the hospital into a chaotic scene.
Dr. Kathryn Bondani says the first patient that arrived was relatively stable, and the staff hoped that others would be in a similar condition. But the doctors soon got about five patients in much worse shape. Six shooting victims from the attack on Sunday morning remain in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Michael Cheatham says hospital and trauma centers prepare for disasters, but “you can never prepare adequately.”
Dr. Cheatham commended great support at the hospital, saying there was “never a time we were without anything we needed.” He also says the facility escalated from two operating rooms to six within 30 to 60 minutes to care for the flood of patients.
ORLANDO CEMETERY DONATES PLOTS
A city-owned cemetery is donating free plots to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Don Price is the sexton at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando. He said Tuesday that the city is donating space to any of the victims’ families who want it. The cemetery was founded in 1880.
Price said two families are already interested and have set up appointments to meet with the cemetery on Tuesday.
Price said the county’s medical examiner started releasing the first of the bodies Monday night.
A day following the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, many people are reeling from the violence, law enforcement is investigating the shooter who had radicalization at some point, and everyone has unanswered questions.
An FBI press conference Monday before noon CST shed some light on where the investigation is at this point.
-Shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, was an natural-born U.S. citizen
-Shooter mentioned the Boston Bombing in his 911 call Sunday as well as pledged his allegiance as ISIS
-The FBI believes his radicalization took place online
-49 were killed and the shooter. Dozens of others were shot and are in varying condition. 5 are in “grave condition.”
-The names of those killed are being released on the City of Orlando’s website after the next of kin is notified.
-Shooter did travel internationally
-Shooter attended same mosque as Al Nusra suicide bomber
FBI Director James Comey spoke at the press conference Monday to detail the FBI’s previous contact with the shooter. The FBI investigated Mateen on two separate occasions for inflammatory comments.
The director also spoke against fear following the attack.
“We hope that our fellow Americans will not let fear become disabling,” said Comey.