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The Doctors speak with survivors of the tragic Astroworld music festival, where 10 people lost their lives during the Travis Scott concert.
An estimated 50,000 people attended the Houston-area concert and the deaths occurred during a crowd crush when Scott was performing. Days after the event, a 9-year-old boy also died due to injuries sustained during the concert crowd surge.
ICU nurse Madeline, who attended the concert, says a countdown clock was displayed during the show ahead of Scott taking the stage and as the minutes ticked down, she says the crowd began to push closer to the stage. The nurse says it became hard to breathe and once Scott took the stage, Madeline says the pushing intensified and she was crushed and then passed out, just 30 seconds into Scott's performance.
"Luckily my fiance kept me from hitting the ground because if he wouldn't have, I feel like it would have been a death sentence," Madeline tells The Doctors. She was able to escape the crowd with the help of her fiance and a security guard. Once Madeline regained consciousness, she put her medical training to work by performing CPR and checking vitals on other attendees who were in distress. She says people were unconscious and appeared to be in the midst of cardiac arrest. Madeline says in the area she was in there was not enough medical staff or equipment to properly care for the people in distress.
All this was occurring as the concert continued and Madeline recalls telling event staff, "You've got to get them to stop... we have to get them to stop" referring to the concert. But Madeline says she was told there was nothing they could do to stop the performance.
In the midst of the chaos, Madeline began to feel anger and stress and says she still carries it with her. "I'm angry this happened in the first place. I'm angry for the families that thought their children or brother or sister was going to a concert to enjoy their night, and they didn't make it home. I'm upset for the medical staff because I know they felt the same thing I feel... the worst feeling I have ever felt was at this concert when I knew what to do, and I knew what needed to happen to help save these people and I did not have the resources to do it."
The Doctors also speak with a couple who attended the concert and the woman recounts how she was nearly crushed during the concert and suffered fractured and bruised ribs, along with the trauma of thinking she was going to die. Following the festival, they tell The Doctors they are now dealing with acute stress syndrome.
After the concert, The Houston Police department released the following statement:
"I met with Travis Scott and his head of security for a few moments last Friday prior to the main event. I expressed my concerns regarding public safety and that in my 31 years of law enforcement experience I have never seen a time with more challenges facing citizens of all ages to include a global pandemic and social tension throughout the nation. I asked Travis Scott and his team to work with HPD for all events over the weekend and to be mindful of his social media messaging on any unscheduled events. The meeting was brief and respectful, and a chance for me to address my public safety concerns as Chief of Police. As I have previously stated, our criminal investigation continues. We are asking for everyone to be considerate for the grieving families during this incredibly difficult time. Please continue to lift them up in prayer."
Additionally, Travis Scott said in a statement
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
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