An inordinate amount of time seems to have passed between the shooting of Woody and his arrival in the emergency room of the local hospital. It appears that the handcuffing delayed the delivery of first aid by the physician present, and it may have complicated and delayed the delivery of other treatment by the EMTs and transport to the hospital.
According to the timeline of events the first ambulance arrived at the scene at 10:15, one minute after the report of 'shots fired'. At 10:24 rescue units report 'under control', and at 10:37 the ambulance reports it is 'enroute to the hospital'. But it is not until 10:59 that he is reported to have arrived at the emergency room. Fourty four minutes passed between the arrival of the ambulance at the church after the shooting and Woody's arrival at the hospital. The distance between the church and the hospital is about three miles with one or no stoplights, depending on the route. The distance can be driven in under seven minutes with some traffic, all the time staying below the speed limit.
It was not until 13:00 that Woody was evacuated by helicopter to the much better equipped Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital.