A first responder from Boston underwent an emergency operation Wednesday after being repeatedly stabbed by a patient who was being treated at the back of an ambulance while he was on the run. was going to the hospital, officials said.
A 31-year-old "emotionally disturbed" woman began stabbing the EMT woman who was treating her at the back of an ambulance bound for Massachusetts General Hospital, said the chief of emergency medical services from Boston, Jim Hooley, at the Boston Herald. The paramedic man who was driving stopped to intervene. The patient attacked the second first responder with a pepper spray, Hooley said.
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Other emergency medical staff responded to a call for a doctor in distress around 4 pm outside the courthouse. The EMT has undergone emergency surgery, said Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. She should recover completely. She has been working for the emergency department for 11 years.
The patient became an alleged perpetrator – whom the police later identified as Julie Tejada – was restrained on the scene and detained. Tejada is charged with assault with intent to commit murder and other charges. She should be brought to justice on Thursday. The male man was also treated at the hospital and released.
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The police do not disclose the names of the injured first responders at this time. The officials would not have confirmed which weapon was used to stab the EMT. A source told Boston Fox 25 that the psychiatric patient had used a chisel during the attack. The Boston Herald also reported that a chisel had been found at the scene.
Associated Press contributed to this report.