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Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s Nurses Open Up About Ambivalence to Caring For Him



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In an interview published by the Boston Globe, the nurses who are treating Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect, revealed they found it difficult at first to consider him a patient. 

The nurses at the Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center remained anonymous but revealed their struggles in seeing a young 19-year-old boy as the cold-blooded terrorist who killed three people and wounded more than 200 at the Boston Marathon. One nurse was quoted as saying: “You see a hurt 19-year-old and you can’t help but feel sorry for him.”

Another nurse said she is compassionate with the young suspected terrorist as she is with the victims of the attack. “I am compassionate. What should I be? The rest of the world hates him right no. The emotions are like one big salad,” said the nurse. Others say they have a sense of guilt stemming from doing a good job treating his wounds. “When you’re in the room, it’s just a patient. You’re here to . . . make sure they’re feeling better,” she said.

However, the nursing staff at the Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center aren’t the only ones confused by Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s presence. In the hospital, 24 victims of the twin bombings are being treated. Parents of the victims are finding it hard just to walk by the the 19-year-old’s heavily guarded room. A nurse said one of the families’ victims asked them why are they treating Dzokhar and “giving him pain medication.” 




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