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Orlando trauma surgeons share their stories

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jun 14, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nine surgeons at Orlando Regional Medical Center were called into work early Sunday morning, working non-stop for more than 24 hours.

Doctors William Havron and Joseph Ibrahim were among the nine following the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub.

They call the next 24 hours a time they will never forget.

"My phone went off about 2:15," says Havron.

He and his wife had a baby last week. He was home feeding his son, when he got the call.

When he got in around 2:30 a.m. wave after wave of people came through the emergency doors, some dropped of by trucks.

Patients with wounds to the chest, abdomen, everywhere.

Havron didn't stop working until 4 in the afternoon. He then went back in after several hours of rest.

"You don't think twice about it. You do it right, I mean you work because if you don't somebody is going to die," says Havron.

Dr. Joseph Ibrahim had already treated patients for gunshot wounds even before the Pulse shooting.

"I was here for the first wave," says Ibrahim. "Rounded on all 40 patients that lasted until 8 Sunday night."

Ibrahim didn't stop working until 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.

"It's very trying, when you think about my biggest regret are the ones that we couldn't save, the ones that we did all kinds of aggressive maneuvers, but their injuries were too severe."