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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 46« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Marion Thomas Jenkins)

surgical residents, Dr. Ronald Jones, answered the phone, thinking some thing bad must be up and that he would call the Chief of Surgery. I was sitting near the telephone and Dr. Jones immediately came back by with very anguished look and the color was drained from his face-- I'm sure I had that impression, and he said, "The President has been shot and is on his way to the hospital." At the same time we heard the sirens of the ambulance as they turned into the driveway from Harry Hines into the hospital drive, and it was obvious that this was the car coming in because the ambulance sirens usually stop in the street, but these came on clear to the building.

Mr. Specter.
That's Harry Hines Boulevard right in front of the hospital
Dr. JENKINS. Yes; I ran up the stairs to the Anesthesia Department, that's on the second floor-one floor above the dining room, where I was, and notified two members of the Department, the first two I saw, my Chief Associate, Dr. A. H. Giesecke, Jr., and Dr. Jackie Hunt, that the President had been shot and was being brought to the emergency room and for them to bring all the resuscitative equipment we have including an anesthesia machine. The emergency room is set up well, but we are used to working with our own equipment and I asked them to bring it down and I ran down the back stairs, two flights down, and I arrived in the emergency room just after or right behind him, being wheeled in, I guess.
Mr. Specter.
At about what time did you arrive at the emergency room
Dr. JENKINS. Oh, this was around 12:30-12:35 to 12:40. I shouldn't be indefinite about this--in our own specialty practice, we watch the clock closely and there are many things we have to keep up with, but I didn't get that time exactly, I'll admit.

Mr. SPECTER Who was present at the time of your arrival in the emergency room, if anyone?
Dr. JENKINS. The hallway was loaded with people.
Mr. Specter.
What medical personnel were in attendance?

Dr. JENKINS. Including Mrs. Kennedy, I recognized, and Secret Service men, I didn't know whether to block the way or get out of it, as it turned out. Dr. James Carrico and Dr. Dulany-Dick Dulany, I guess you have his name, and several nurses were in the room.
Mr. Specter.
Could you identify the nurses?
Dr. JENKINS. Well, not really. I could identify them only having later looked around and identified from my own record that I have, the names of all who were there later. Now, whether they are the same ones when I first went there, I don't know. I have all the names in my report, it seemed to me
Mr. Specter.
Could you now identify all of the nurses from your later observations of them?
Dr. JENKINS. Well, I can identify who was in there at the close of the procedure, that is, the doctors, as well as those who were helping.
Mr. Specter.
Fine, would you do that for us, please?
Dr. JENKINS. These included a Mrs. or Miss Patricia Hutton and Miss Diana Bowron, B-o-w-r-o-n (spelling), and a Miss Henchliffe--I don't know her first name, but I do know it is Henchliffe.
Mr. Specter.

Dr. JENKINS. Margaret---certainly. Those three--there were probably some student nurses too, whom I didn't recognize. Shall I continue?
Mr. Specter.
Yes, please. Have you now covered all the people you recollect as being in the room?
Dr. JENKINS. Well, as I came into the room, I saw only the, actually--you know, in the haste of the coming of the President, two doctors whom I recognized, and there were other people and I have identified all I remember
Mr. SPECTER What did you observe as to the President's condition when you arrived in the emergency room?
Dr. JENKINS. Well, I was aware of what he was in an agonal state. This is not a too unfamiliar state that we see in the Service, as much trauma as we see, that is, he had the agonal respiratory gasp made up of jerking movements of the mylohyoid group of muscles. These are referred to sometimes as chin jerk, tracheal tug or agonal muscles of respiration. He had this
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