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Surgeon Who Helped Pulse Victims Trained at UTHSC


It’s been one year since the deadly attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Monday, the victims were remembered.

Hundreds gathered outside the club overnight and all day Monday to mark the solemn anniversary. The crowd gathering marked the exact moment when the gunfire started just around 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

49 people died and more than 50 others were wounded when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the popular gay club.

“I am grateful and comforted when I hear your memories and I see your pictures of the best times of your lives,” said Pulse owner Barbara Poma. β€œIt breaks my heart that your sanctuary was taken from you, but I know we are resilient and I know we will not late hate win.”

The on-call trauma surgeon that night at Orlando Regional Medical center says his training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis helped guide him in treating the dozens of victims that came through the emergency room.

“We got 35,36 patients in about 30 minutes,” says Dr. Chadwick Smith.

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