Beth Israel Deaconess trauma nurses treated bombing suspect like any other patient — almost

The nurses assigned to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess felt ambivalent but duty-bound to care for him.
The nurses assigned to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess felt ambivalent but duty-bound to care for him. Credit: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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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.

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