Heather Abbott

RI News
9:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Heather Abbott Takes Stand In Tsarnaev Trial

Heather Abbott has started a charitable foundation to help other amputees pay for prostheses.
Credit RIPR file photo

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.

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RI News
12:01 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

On Marathon Monday, Abbott Hopes To Put 2013 Behind Her

Heather Abbott and former governor Lincoln Chafee in Newport.
Credit RIPR FILE

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

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RI News
12:01 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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RI News
9:43 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Marathon Bombing Survivor Heather Abbott Responds To Tsarnaev Convictions

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport following the bombings, and her subsequent amputation.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

After Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts Heather Abbott, the Newport woman who lost part of her left leg in the bombing, posted on her Facebook page:

“Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

Abbott, who now lives with prosthesis, recently began her own foundation, which helps provide prosthesis to others who’ve lost limbs.

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Boston Marathon
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

Heather Abbott at her Newport home.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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