Memories of 9/11 come racing back to doctor
Dr. Moira Davenport, an emergency room physician at Allegheny General Hospital, finished running the Boston Marathon about 45 minutes before two bombs went off on Monday.
She was at the subway station when police announced an evacuation of the terminal.
“I lived in New York City for the Sept. 11 attacks, and it was a lot of very similar sounds and sights,” said Davenport, 41, of Shadyside. “All you can hear is sirens and helicopters.”
Instinctively, Davenport approached a police officer and identified herself as a physician, offering to help.
An officer took her to a medical tent, but officials wouldn't let her in. She wasn't carrying credentials that showed she was a doctor.
“It's horrible to have skills and not be able to use them,” said Davenport, who only had an ID bracelet with her name and emergency contacts. “It's frustrating when you're used to being on the front line.”
Davenport, who ran the Boston Marathon four previous times, returned to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
“It turned into a memory I was not expecting,” she said.
Luis Fábregas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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