Obama visits 10 Marathon bombing victims at Mass General Hospital

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April 18, 2013, 4:41 pm
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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Boston) - President Barack Obama was in Boston Thursday for an interfaith memorial service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross. After, he went to Massachusetts General Hospital.

His visit lasted about an hour-and-a-half, and in that time President Obama met with each of the 10 patients still being treated at Mass General Hospital, their families and the doctors and nurses who saved their lives.

"Incredibly inspiring that he would take time out to come visit with them and have a sincere interaction with all of these folks who have been hurt," said Dr. David King, a trauma surgeon at MGH.

Doctors say the President's visit did more than heal the soul.

"They were extremely honored that he was here. Their spirits were physically and emotionally uplifted," said Dr. Alice Gervasini, another trauma nurse at MGH.

Dr. King crossed the finish line himself Monday, an hour before the first explosion. When he heard what had happened, he raced to the hospital. His heroics didn't go unnoticed. President Obama mentioned him by name during his speech at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and personally thanked him Thursday.

"I could tell that the President was humbled by the patients' bravery and their fortitude and their drive to continue," Dr. King said.

Made, perhaps, even more determined now.

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