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TODAY   |  April 17, 2013

Bombing victim’s father: ‘He’s been through a lot’

Alan Hern’s son Aaron was injured in the Boston bombing as he waited for his mother to finish the race, and remains hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Boston. He and Aaron’s doctor, David Mooney, discuss the extent of Aaron’s injuries.

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>> you. aaron 's dad, alan is with us along with dr. david mooney . gentlemen, good morning to both of you.

>> good morning.

>> good morning.

>> mr. hearn, i'll start with you. let us know how aaron is doing.

>> he was resting comfortably last night. he's been through a lot. he actually a couple times yesterday he opened his eyes, he knew we were there. his mother and i were with him. he actually tried to talk and we figured out that he was worried about the breathing tube, he wasn't sure what that was about and we told him everything's all right, his lunged looked good and probably going to come out today so that was okay and he relaxed and drifts in and out of sleep like that. there was a few times during the day where he was able to open his eyes and know we were there with him.

>> i know this was a family trip to boston, you and your other daughter abigail where there to see your wife katherine as she completed the marathon. can you tell me what you remember?

>> she was minutes, actually seconds we find out after the fact from being where we were waiting, and my daughter was maybe another person away from me, we were taking pictures, my son was with a friend of ours, five people farther down the barricade and we heard the first explosion and everyone looked back down the finish line and a few seconds later the second bomb went off right maybe 15 feet from where i was and aaron and our friend's son were much closer than us and took the brunt of the explosion. initially it was disorienting and i was able to find my daughter and we went to a restaurant a couple doors up and after we kind of got back together a realized that aaron wasn't with me so i went back to the scene and i found him there on the sidewalk with a few other people who were injured and i could see he had a wound in his leg and he was scared and obviously in pain and some people came to help us quickly, auto i'll not sure who they were, someone brought a tourniquet with a belt to try to help it. it wasn't bleeding heavily but didn't look very good, like a war wound and luckily they got him on an ambulance pretty quickly.

>> dr. mooney , who treated aaron , among others, into this. you are very experienced but i understand this was unlike anything you've seen before in terms of the injuries coming into your hospital.

>> well, we're the trauma center for children in the city of boston and pretty much eastern massachusetts , southern new hampshire so we do see a lot of pretty badly hurt kids who come in to our hospital. this was different. the fear, not knowing what kids were hurt, the injuries that they had, you know, the things the trauma team are all going through. we drill for this. we drill over and over again and we had assembled a great crew down in the emergency department ready and waiting to receive the kids that we thought we would get. when the kids arrived there was just, it was a tough moment. the kids were all pretty badly hurt and it was again we did our jobs, we flowed them in smoothly, got aaron quickly up to the operating room to address his injury but there were some tough times.

>> dr. david mooney you have been through a lot as have you, mr. hern. our best to you your family and aaron and good luck with his recovery. thank you for being with us.

>> thank you.

>> thank you.