Las Cruces nurse helped save lives in Las Vegas during mass shooting
An emergency room nurse from Las Cruces who happened to be in Las Vegas during the mass shooting has shared her story of the night complete strangers came together to help save lives.
Rebecca Hobbs, a nurse at Memorial Medical Center, said she’s still shaken up from the tragedy that unfolded last Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Hobbs said she booked her flight on a whim last minute Friday night, with no idea that she would spring into action to help save the life of a woman who had been shot.
Hobbs said she was was looking forward to touring Las Vegas on a helicopter for the first time Sunday night.
With Mandalay Bay in view, Hobbs said her ride was delayed by an hour.
That was the hour all terror broke loose in the city.
"I can that these people were from this concert and they were in various stages of panic and they were on their cellphones, some of them were screaming some of them were crying,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs said people from the concert were desperately trying to get into the Sundance Helicopter building to escape the raid of gunfire.
"And so more people start coming in, shooter shooter,” Hobbs said.
One woman was brought in losing a lot of blood from a gunshot wound to her right arm.
"We put this woman on the ground and we had the tourniquet and I had told them I need a first aid kit,” Hobbs said.
Using what was available Hobbs and a group of strangers put the woman down and tried to stop the bleeding.
"It was me and another man that identified himself, he said 'I'm a paramedic,' and this other woman goes 'I'm an Army medic', and another woman goes, 'I'm a nurse.' The four of use were putting pressure putting that tourniquet on and elevating her arm,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs said the woman was visiting Las Vegas for the first time and was separated from her friend who had been shot in the stomach.
She said 911 was getting flooded with calls while Hobbs and several others kept the woman stable until help arrived.
"We put her in the bed of a truck. Something in my gut told me not to get in the truck and go with her and now I regret that decision because I feel like I could have gone to a hospital and helped more people,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs said the airport staff had everyone taken to Signature Airline Support on the McCarran Air Force Base.
It was there that Hobbs helped even more people who were suffering from injuries.
“There was an evil, horrible thing that happened that night. But the acts of humanity and kindness that I witness and the hours and moments after that time it’s incredible,” Hobbs said.
On Thursday, Hobbs said she isn’t a hero, she just did what anyone else would have done.
She adds that she doesn’t want to remember this experience as a tragedy but rather remember all the people who came together that night to help save as many lives as possible.