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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 144« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Doris Mae Nelson)

Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you give in this proceeding will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Mrs. Nelson.
I do.

Mr. SPECTER. May the record show that Mrs. Doris Nelson is appearing to testify in this deposition proceeding conducted by the President's Commission on -the Assassination of President Kennedy to provide whatever facts, if any, she may know concerning the treatment received by President Kennedy and Governor Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963.
Mr. Specter.
Will you state your full name for the record, please?
Mrs. Nelson.
Doris Mae Nelson. Do you want my maiden name?
Mr. Specter.
Fine, yes; what is your maiden name?
Mrs. Nelson.
Morris, M--o-r-r-i-s [spelling].
Mr. SPECTER. Mrs. Nelson, have you had an opportunity to view the joint resolution of the 88th Congress and the Executive order which established the President's Commission?
Mrs. Nelson.
Yes; I read it yesterday.
Mr. Specter.
And have you had an opportunity to view the resolution of the President's Commission covering questioning of witnesses by members of the Commission staff?
Mrs. Nelson.
Mr. Specter.
And are you willing to be questioned today concerning this matter, even though you have not had 3 days' notice?
Mrs. Nelson.
Mr. Specter.
Therefore waiving the right which you have, a 3 days' notice under the resolution?
Mrs. Nelson.
Mr. Specter.
What is your occupation or profession?

Mrs. NELSON. I am a registered nurse, supervisor of the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Specter.
And how long have you been so occupied?
Mrs. Nelson.
A year and 6 months as supervisor of the emergency room.
Mr. Specter.
What were your duties in a general way on November 22, 1963?
Mrs. Nelson.
I was primarily responsible for assigning personnel in the treatment of the injured patients and carrying out security measures with the Secret Service.
Mr. SPECTER. What notification, if any, did 'you receive on that date concerning injuries to President Kennedy?
Mrs. NELSON. I received a phone call approximately 3 to 5 minutes prior to their arrival, from the telephone operator, stating that the President had been shot and was being brought to the emergency room.
Mr. SPECTER. What action after that did you take in preparing for the President's arrival?
Mrs. NELSON. I immediately took the surgical resident into trauma room No.1, notified him of the incident, and asked the also told the head nurse that the President had been shot and was being brought to the emergency room.
Then, I went into trauma room 2, after the head nurse had told me that trauma room 1 was set up for any emergency, and proceeded to open a bottle of intravenous fluid and set it up for an emergency situation.
Mr. Specter.
Did you know at that time that anyone else had been injured?
Mrs. Nelson.
No; we were not notified as to anyone else being injured.
Mr. SPECTER. What occurred with respect to the arrival of any injured party at Parkland Memorial Hospital thereafter?
Mrs. NELSON. As I walked out-of trauma room No. 2 I heard someone calling for stretchers and an orderly ran back into the area and got a stretcher and ran out of the door, and a few seconds later Governor Connally, who at that time I did not. know who it was but recognized him as not being the President, arrived and I directed them into trauma room 2.
Mr. SPECTER. Did the orderly take out one stretcher, or was more than one Stretcher taken out?
Mrs. NELSON. I do not know exactly how many stretchers were taken out at the time because I was not out at that area.
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