Medical news from the Boston Marathon

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Boston police just made sweep of grandstand with their dogs, spectators were carefully and tightly shuffled out of key areas and credentials were being checked at every stop along the finish line. Front of the medical tent is completely covered with just one opening in the tarp allowing a peek inside. Volunteers just wait now with most of the prep work done.

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WBUR on one-legged runner:

BOSTON — When one-legged runner Chris Mehmel, of East Sandwich, Mass., was training for the 2012 Boston Marathon, an act of kindness occurred that had him overcome with gratitude.

Mehmel, who has a right leg below-knee prosthesis as a result of a birth defect, was out running up the notorious Heartbreak Hill — an uphill area between the 20- and 21-mile marks of the Boston Marathon route — when he was approached by a man who had caught sight of both his prosthetic leg and his Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary training jersey

Metro West Daily on medical volunteers.

When runners cross the finish line at the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, their work for the day will be done. But for the volunteers at the finish line medical tent, the work starts when the thousands of runners complete their 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston.
According to the Boston Athletic Association, 1,300 medical personnel will provide care for runners this year. These include some local residents who will offer their medical expertise and make sure the runners get the help they may need.
“It is a lot of work, but it is a lot of fun,” said Jeanette Corsini, a Hopkinton resident and nurse at MetroWest Medical Center. “It is definitely rewarding. Certainly we get a lot of positive feedback from the runners. I don’t think any other marathon provides the care we do.”

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