Las Vegas hospitals were flooded with patients suffering gunshot wounds following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history Sunday night.
“I have no idea who I operated on,” Las Vegas trauma surgeon Dr. Jay Coates told the Associated Press. “They were coming in so fast, we were taking care of bodies. We were just trying to keep people from dying.”
Gunman Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers. The victims were immediately rushed to local hospitals while the staff called in off-duty nurses and doctors to help handle the wave of patients, according to NPR.
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“Every bed was full,” Coates said. “We had people in the hallways, people outside and more people coming in.”
The numbers of wounded needing immediate attention were overwhelming, and Coates said this may have led to several deaths that could have been avoided had it not been for the mass influx of patients.
“I will tell you that everybody that should have lived, lived,” Coates told the AP. “The ones that we lost, I think if they had been the only patients coming through the door that we would have been able to save them.”
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