An emergency physician from Gainesville helped treat the injured after two bombs exploded Monday during the Boston Marathon.
Allan Panter, who was in Boston for the event, told ABC News what he witnessed.
“Six or so people went down right away on my left, mostly with leg injuries. One gentleman had both legs below the knee blown off,” Panter told ABC News. “One girl I treated, I could not find any obvious injury to her torso, but she arrested. She was between 24 and 30.”
He told CNN he could “not figure out why the young lady expired.”
Attempts by The Times to reach Allan Panter or his wife, Theresa Panter, were unsuccessful Monday evening. A Facebook post on Theresa Panter’s page notes phones lines were jammed.
“The people had singed facial hair and stuff, most of the injuries were on their legs,” Allan Panter told ABC News. “I was 20 feet away, one storefront down, my ears were ringing. Everything blew out from the storefront.”
According to the interview with CNN, Panter works at a hospital in Sylva, N.C. He also told CNN he has more experience with gunshot wounds but not blast injuries.
“I’m not military, so, basically, I’m used to more gunshot wounds,” he said.
Theresa Panter, a family nurse practitioner at North Georgia Eye Clinic and Laser Center, according to her Facebook page, was rounding the corner to the finish line when the bomb went off.
She told CNN she didn’t know for an hour whether her husband was OK.
“Needless to say we are very emotional at this point,” Theresa Panter’s Facebook status reads. “Thank you for your concerns and pray for all those affected.”