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Mass. Transit Cop Who Lost All Blood Will Recover

April 22, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of MBTA.
Photo courtesy of MBTA.

Doctors expect the MBTA transit police officer shot during the Boston manhunt to recover, after he lost nearly all the blood in his body and needed to be resuscitated when his heart stopped.

Officer Richard Donahue, 33, began to emerge from sedation Sunday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Donahue responded to a call Friday, stepped out of his patrol car and exchanged gunfire with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. A bullet struck Donahue in the right thigh, severing his femoral vein and artery.

CPR was started at the scene as Donahue began to bleed out. He was transported to the emergency room at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where doctors began blood transfusions and saved his leg. It took doctors more than 45 minutes to restore his pulse.

The officer remained in the ICU Sunday on a ventilator, in stable but critical condition and unable to talk, although he wiggled his toes and squeezed fingers.


Comments (10)

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John Carp @ 4/22/2013 4:44 PM

God bless you brother! Praying for your speedy recovery!

Rob @ 4/21/2013 6:38 PM

God bless him and everyone who came into contact with him that kept him alive. Reality puts the 'M' in medicle miracle.

DEADMAN @ 4/22/2013 6:51 PM

God Bless You and watch over you and your family,i hope you have a speedy and complete recovery,i'll pray for you.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/22/2013 7:46 PM

I been there too, my brothter, all my prayers for you.

Sean @ 4/22/2013 9:18 PM

God Bless you, Hearts and prayers are with ya......Wishing you a speedy recovery!

DaveS55 @ 4/23/2013 1:49 AM

God bless you and wishing you all the best for the future we need all the warriors we can get these days...Very bad area for a wound control blood flow and some internal ones even harder...and being close to level-I trauma centers is a plus...Army Reserve Lt. Col. David King who is a trauma surgeon Mass General working on this (Stasis foam for battlefield wounds shows promise in these areas...
SEE http://www.stripes.com/stasis-foam-for-battlefield-wounds-shows-promise-1.216687

Adrian Stroud @ 4/22/2013 3:49 AM

Thank you for your service brother. I hope you heal quickly. The traitor who shot you should get the death penalty since we are in war time.

mtpgman @ 4/23/2013 5:47 AM

It is a very rare person who can say, "I lost nearly every drop of blood in my body, and I am still here." That shows what willpower plus some excellent trauma medicine can do. As Jimmy V said, "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

tbow426 @ 4/23/2013 9:42 AM

Never give up!! Spit out your broken teeth and keep fighting - pick up a severed limb and beat your opponent to death with it! A true warrior and sheep dog!!!! Hang in brother and get back to work. We need you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really? @ 4/23/2013 11:51 AM

I attribute his survival for being in very good shape, and by the Grace of God! Side note: I dont understand obese officers.....

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