Physicians emerged from retirement to treat victims of Oregon school shooting

The Roseburg medical community did not hesitate to help victims after a gunman opened fire Thursday afternoon at the local Umpqua Community College, according to TODAY News.

Physicians came out of retirement to help emergency staff at Roseburg, Ore.-based Mercy Medical Center treat 10 of the shooting victims, according to the report. As a designated trauma center, Mercy Medical Center regularly trains for these emergencies. However, according to TODAY, the magnitude of Thursday's shooting was a first for the medical center.

An updated report from NBC News confirms at least 10 people died in the shooting. The gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was killed at the scene in a shootout with police officers.  

According to the NBC report, of the patients received at Mercy Medical Center, one died and two are still in the hospital, though both are expected to survive. Three more were transferred to a Eugene, Oregon-based hospital, three have been discharged and one will be discharged Friday, according to information provided to NBC by Mercy Medical Center CMO Jason Gray, MD.

 

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