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Obama Visits Patients, Staff at Mass. General Hospital

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BOSTON (WGGB) — In an unannounced visit, the Presidential motorcade winds its way into Mass. General Hospital Thursday under extra heavy police guard.

“I figured there must be some reason there is a motorcade out front,” says Amelia Peck.

The President visited the 11 patients still hospitalized at Mass. General following Mondays bombing, while the First Lady visited patients at Brigham and Women’s and Childrens.

Peck works in the oncology unit. One of her coworkers was seriously injured in the explosions. She says if the Obama’s goal was to to boost morale, it worked.

“Nothing but a tremendous honor. We are really lucky to have the support of everybody to take care of us,” Peck adds.

Organizers tried to keep MGH as open and operating as possible, so as to cause as little disruption as possible when the President arrived.

“It’s a temporary problem. I think it’s good for the people who have been affected. They need to know the President is behind them and supports them. Worth the trouble,” says Heidi Fernandes, a patient at MGH.

Peck says the vibe on the hospital campus Monday was tense, but the mood has gotten better by the day, especially with the Obama’s appearance Thursday.

“It sends a message that the United States of America is standing with us, that we are going to get through this and in [the President's] words, we will run again.”