A little more than six months have passed since Newport resident Heather Abbott lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. We’ll be checking in with Abbott for the next few months as she adjusts to life without a limb. We’ll also be exploring the growing community of amputees Abbott has joined – a community researchers say could double in the next few decades.
Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University. Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She’s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.
Standardized testing is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1st and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12th graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state’s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.
Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott. She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.
The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party. When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.
A Newport woman who lost her left foot as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s received so much support she hasn’t had much time to feel sorry for herself. Heather Abbott gave her first press conference Thursday from a hospital gurney at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Doctors spent a week trying to save Heather Abbott’s foot. In the end, it was her decision to have it amputated. Abbott told reporters her doctors made the options clear.