Doctor describes horror of treating Uvalde victims as ‘carnage in my hometown’ unfolded


‘Those mothers’ cries I will never get out of my head’: Doctor describes horror of treating Uvalde victims as ‘carnage in my hometown’ unfolded: Says children were only identified by blood-spattered cartoons on clothes

  • Roy Guerrero recalled the horrific scenes at a Uvalde hospital after the shooting
  • He said that the cries of the mothers at the hospital will haunt him for life
  • The paediatrician rushed to a hospital to help when news of the shooting broke
  • He gave harrowing testimony to the House committee on gun violence 

A doctor who treated Uvalde school shooting victims has recounted the carnage in his hometown during emotional testimony to a House committee.

Roy Guerrero said he ‘raced’ to the Uvalde Memorial Hospital after hearing of the shooting at Robb Elementary School and said some children were only identifiable through ‘blood-spattered cartoon clothes’.

The life-long Uvalde resident said he will ‘never forget what [he] saw that day’ of the May 24 shooting.

‘For me that day started like any typical Tuesday in our paediatric clinic: moms calling for coughs, boogers, sports physicals right before the summer rush.

‘School was out in two days. And summer camps would guarantee some grazes and ankle sprains. Injuries which could be patched up and fixed with a Mickey Mouse sticker as a reward.

The life-long Uvalde resident said he will 'never forget what [he] saw that day' of the May 24 shooting

The life-long Uvalde resident said he will ‘never forget what [he] saw that day’ of the May 24 shooting

‘Then, at 12.30, business as usual stopped and with it my heart. A colleague from the San Antonio Trauma Centre texted me and asked ‘why are paediatric surgeons and anaesthesiologists on call for a mass shooting in Uvalde?’.

‘I raced to the hospital to find parents outside yelling children’s names in desperation and sobbing as they waited for any news related to their child. Those mothers’ cries I will never get out of my head.’

The shocking testimony came on the same day an 11-year-old Uvalde school shooting survivor gave emotional testimony to the same House committee on gun violence.

Miah Carrillo, a fourth-grader at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, used the pre-recorded testimony to describe what it was like to survive a school shooting.

It was a rare example of someone as young as Cerrillo giving first-hand evidence to lawmakers.

In the recording, Cerrillo said she wants ‘to have security’ and described trying to hide behind her teacher’s desk.

She recounted that the gunman ‘told my teacher ‘goodnight,’ and shot her in the head.’ Cerrillo said she thought the gunman would come back to the room and described covering herself in blood in an attempt to survive. ‘I put it all over me,’ she said. 

Miah Carrillo, a fourth-grader at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, used the pre-recorded testimony to describe what it was like to survive a school shooting

Miah Carrillo, a fourth-grader at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, used the pre-recorded testimony to describe what it was like to survive a school shooting

Guerrero, who is Carrillo’s doctor, recalled seeing the young girl in the aftermath of the shooting in an interview with CNN.

He said: ‘She had a bleeding shoulder and I could tell what were shrapnel wounds all over her body.

‘She had blood everywhere and her first question is ‘have you seen my mom?’ 

Bipartisan Senate negotiators are working on a deal to respond to the tragedies but meaningful gun reform seems unlikely due to fierce Republican opposition to new restrictions on gun ownership.

19 pupils aged between seven and 11 years old were shot dead along with two of their teachers by the 18-year-old gunman on May 24.

Salvador Ramos – a fast food worker described as a lonely child who was bullied for his lisp and for wearing eyeliner – carried out the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, around 11.30am after shooting his grandmother at a house elsewhere in the city, reportedly after an argument about failing to graduate.

Police and officials said Ramos, who had purchased a pair of rifles for his 18th birthday and showed them off on social media, fled the scene of the first shooting in a car armed with a handgun, ‘possibly’ a rifle, and wearing body armor.

He ditched the vehicle close to the school, went inside and ‘started shooting children, teachers, whoever was in his way.’

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