It was not until the sentencing phase that Newport resident and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott took the stand in the trial of now-convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She testified as prosecutors made their case for a death sentence for Tsarnaev.
Abbott, who lost part of her left leg after the bombings, recounted how she was thrown through the entrance of a restaurant by the blast from the second bomb to go off on that now-infamous day in April. Feeling as though her left foot were on fire, she said she crawled toward other people who fleeing the blast.
Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation. The charity will provide funds for other amputees.
Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels. Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.
Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.
Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be attending the race once again this year after spending the past year adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg.
Heather Abbott was waiting outside a restaurant near the Boston Marathon finish line when one of the bombs went off and shattered her lower left leg. She was given a prosthetic leg and has spent the past year adjusting to the changes in her life. Abbott said she has put a lot of effort into staying in touch with the other survivors and helping them with their recoveries.