San Antonio doctor rushed to help Boston marathoners

Dr. Jorge Alvarez volunteered at marathon, treated bomb victims

Published On: Apr 16 2013 09:29:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2013 05:10:09 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A man who helped those at the finish line arrived home Tuesday evening.

Dr. Jorge Alvarez and his wife are glad to be back in the Alamo City, but what they experienced in Boston still weighs heavy in their hearts.

“It's one of the best moments of my life and then the most terrifying are now tied into one,” said his wife, Becky.

She feels lucky to be alive.  She said she was less than a half mile from the first explosion. 

“I heard the explosion I felt it and knew something was wrong," said Becky Alvarez.

Monday’s terror attack on the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured nearly 200 innocent bystanders. 

Her husband Dr. Jorge Alvarez remembers “people were running towards us scared and there was a little bit of chaos and that's when the screams came out they needed medical attention.”

Initially, Dr. Alvarez was at the marathon to not only support his wife, but to volunteer at the marathon tent to help runners who were dehydrated or getting cramps. 

He said seconds after the first explosion, his medical tent turned into triage center.

“People were running towards us scared and there was a little bit of chaos and that's when the screams came out they needed medical attention,” said Dr. Alvarez, a San Antonio cardiologist.

What was most disheartening to him was the injuries people sustained.

“A lot of ankles that had been dismembered removed essentially, people were amputated or partially amputated a lot of large flesh wounds,” he said.

Becky Alvarez said despite what she saw and felt, the experience only wants to ”run again and if there was an opportunity to go back support and be there I would for sure.” 

The couple said they wanted to hug and kiss their babies when they got home.