updated 04/16/2013 AT 5:25 PM ET
•originally published 04/16/2013 AT 6:45 PM ET
In a hospital emergency room where tiny little patients are saved every day, medical staff has seen a lot of tragedy and trauma. But on April 15 at Boston Children’s Hospital, the injuries that came through the door were different.
“These kids were really badly hurt,” says trauma surgeon Dr. David Mooney, director of the trauma center at Boston Children’s Hospital. “They had soot all over their faces, burnt hair and burnt eyebrows and tourniquets on their legs that first responders had put there to save their lives and keep them from bleeding to death.”
Mooney says that the hospital sees an average of 30 to 40 injured children a day and many times they turn out to be less serious than what they’d originally thought.
“It was really the opposite,” he says. “It was horrible. It was hard to imagine someone would do this.”