MBTA officer Richard Donohue in critical condition following shootout with Boston bombing suspects
Officials at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge gave an update today on the condition of MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, 33, who was severely wounded early Friday during a Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Donohue, a Woburn resident, sustained a gunshot wound to his right thigh and suffered major blood loss, according to Mt. Auburn Critical Care Doctor David Miller, who also said CPR was started in the field by first responders and he required a prolonged resuscitation – 45 minutes – that took place on the scene and at the emergency room. Miller said nearly his entire blood volume was lost. When he was stabilized, a surgical team stopped the bleeding.
Today he opened his eyes, squeezed his wife’s hand on command, and wiggled his toes, however he is on a mechanical ventilator, and continues to need a high level of sedation. Doctors described his condition as stable but still in critical condition.
“It’s early to say what his status is going to be like over next few days, but we remain cautiously optimistic,” Miller said.
Doctors said they expect Donohue will be able to walk again.
Donohue, who has been a Transit Police officer for three years, was one of two officers to be shot at during a 24-hour manhunt. MIT Campus Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, was shot and killed in his cruiser. Transit Police Officer Paul MacMillan said today that Donohue took shots at the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Tamerlan was killed due to gunfire.
“He did fire his weapon… He engaged the terrorist,” MacMillan said.
His younger brother Ed Donohue, also a police officer, said that as officers they have a duty to help people. “He’s a great cop. He loves being a cop…. We couldn’t be more proud. I’m sure that in his heart he did the right thing. He went in there and engaged people that were shooting his fellow officers.”
Despite the circumstances, Donohue seemed to be keeping spirits up.
“I’m the better looking one, obviously. He may be a little bit smarter,” Donohue said, drawing laughter from media, hospital and MBTA staff. “He’s devoted to his baby,” he said of his brother’s 6-month-old son, Richie.
“We joke back in forth… I always used to tell him, ‘You’re not going to see any action because you’re on the subway. But there he is, jumping into the midst of a gunfight in Watertown and making our family very proud and our entire state and country very proud.”