Hero Cop Lost All His Blood in Boston Shootout

Wounded MBTA officer was a friend of slain MIT cop

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2013 2:49 AM CDT | Updated Apr 22, 2013 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The police officer wounded while chasing the Boston Marathon bombing suspects lost all of his own blood—and, for 45 minutes, his own heartbeat—after being shot in the thigh, but doctors "cautiously" believe he will make a full recovery. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue Jr., 33, suffered a severed femoral vein during an exchange of fire with the suspects and needed CPR and blood transfusions, the Los Angeles Times reports; one of the attending surgeons told CNN his "blood volume was almost entirely lost to the point of the heart stopping." Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was shot and killed earlier that night, was a friend of his from the police academy.

Donohue, who has a 6-month-old son, is on a ventilator and is in stable but critical condition. Doctors say they are "cautiously optimistic" about his chances of fully recovering and being able to walk again. "As a brother, fellow officer, and American, I cannot describe the pride I felt in what Dick and other officers did that Friday morning," says his younger brother, who is also a Boston-area police officer. In a statement picked up by the New York Daily News, Donohue's family asks for continued prayers for the "dedicated police officer who loves his work and helping people." The Boston Globe backs up that assertion: Donohue was commended in January for helping to save a stabbing victim in a Boston T station.

Richard Donohue Jr., left, and Sean Collier pose together for a photo at their 2010 graduation from the Municipal Police Officers' Academy. Collier was fatally shot at MIT Thursday night.
Richard Donohue Jr., left, and Sean Collier pose together for a photo at their 2010 graduation from the Municipal Police Officers' Academy. Collier was fatally shot at MIT Thursday night.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
A sign with the photos of Sean Collier, bottom left, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer killed, and Richard Donohue, a Boston Police officer who was shot and critically wounded, is seen.
A sign with the photos of Sean Collier, bottom left, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer killed, and Richard Donohue, a Boston Police officer who was shot and critically wounded, is seen.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
This undated photo provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shows transit police officer Richard Donohue, 33.
This undated photo provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shows transit police officer Richard Donohue, 33.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
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