PARISIEN medics are selflessly pushing themselves to breaking point in an attempt to save the hundreds of victims injured by Islamic State (ISIS) shooters in Paris.
Surgeons, nurses and doctors have been battling to save their lives since the fateful attack on France’s capital on Friday night which left 129 dead and 352 injured.
A dramatic photo of the A&E department at St Louis Hospital shows a scene which would be more at home in a war zone, with blood stains covering the ward and multiple medics crammed in side-by-side as they attempt to save the severely injured victims.
The hospital, just over a less than a mile away from Le Bataclan concert hall, took on most of the victims shot at in the worst-affected of the six places targeted.
A total of 89 people were killed as they watched an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the venue.
One nurse, Catherine, said Friday night’s events at St Louis Hospital were “surreal” but she had been overwhelmed with the “incredible wave of solidarity” among staff.
She said: “I prefer to remember this incredible wave of solidarity that I have seen – all the staff, the doctors, surgeons, nurses who spontaneously phoned to offer the support and come in the middle of the night without even being asked.
“That night, I would hold that I was proud of my profession, my colleagues and my hospital.”
Dr Philippe Juvin, an anaesthesiologist who worked in Afghanistan with French troops in 2008, said nothing he dealt with in the war zone was as difficult as Friday night.
The head of Georges Pompidou hospital’s emergency department revealed he was called back to work about two hours after the attacks started.
Most of the victims coming in were young people shot at Le Bataclan with what he described as “war wounds” in their legs, arms, abdomen and thorax.
He said he saw “many gun battles, explosions, buildings on fire, accidents with casualties” in Aghanistan, but added: “I had never seen as many victims at once. But we managed somehow.”
The 51-year-old said doctors living near the hospital and physicians on holiday in Paris all showed up to help, which he said meant more lives were saved.
And a surgeon at Lariboisiere Hospital said he had seen victims with broken jaws, cracked skulls, gouged-out eyes and shattered limbs.
He said: “There was a feeling of great desolation.”
Other doctors across Paris told how patients’ were in such deep shock it was “as if they had been drugged”.
A patient who had been shot in the liver simply asked: “Is it serious?”
Dominique Pateron, head of St Antoine Hospital’s A&E department, said: “It’s as if they were petrified. They’re not expressing any normal emotions.”
Doctors are still battling to save dozens of patients’ lives but warned most will suffer ongoing problems and multiple surgeries.
Today, as the globe reeled from the second round of attacks on Paris in 10-months, France was joined by the world in a minute’s silence to remember those innocently slaughtered.
President Francois Hollande was at Paris’ Sorbonne University for the minute’s silence in recognition of the large number of young people among the 129 dead.
He later said his country “is at war” and will be increasing attacks on ISIS in Syria.
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