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Robinson Woman was in Kennedy's Hospital Room

(Robinson, IL)  --  A woman that grew up in the Robinson area was in the emergency room when President Kennedy was shot 50 years ago.  Phyllis Hall was working as a nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  She was talking with a friend at the triage desk when the President arrived at the hospital.  She says someone grabbed her by the arm and took her to the trauma room with the President.  Hall says she quickly knew how grim the situation was. 

"I couldn't diagnose that he was dead on arrival, but he was. His color was very blue-grey. I walked over and saw the exit wound just below his adams apple on his neck" Hall said.

Hall says it took a few days for the whole incident to really sink in and for her to realize the role she had in history.  She says it really saddened her that Kennedy's children would grow up without their father and that Mrs. Kennedy had lost her husband.  Hall still lives in the Dallas area and works as a volunteer in the Sixth Floor Museum which chronicles the assassination. 

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