The 29-year-old trauma nurse was on-call at home, unwinding in front of a “Friends’’ television marathon on a Friday night. She had been ministering to patients horribly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and craved a distraction. But she couldn’t resist flipping to the news, and as she did, police surrounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, cowering and bloody inside a parked pleasure boat. Her smartphone rang.
A nursing supervisor told the young woman to hurry into work. She didn’t know it yet, but within several hours, she would be one of Tsarnaev’s bedside nurses, soothing the accused terrorist’s pain and healing his wounds—just as she had done for his victims.
For nine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center trauma nurses, an extraordinarily draining six days were just beginning. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Liz Kowalczyk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.