Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery

Oct 10, 2013

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.

Heather Abbott at an event at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

“Aside from a lot of the limb injuries that I have and that other people who had amputations had, we also all have a lot of ear injuries. So I have a hole in my ear drum that was caused by the blast and it never healed," said Abbott.

Abbott says she’s not only learned to walk on a number of different prosthetic legs; she’s learning to run again. And she says the so-called “blade runner” leg isn’t her only prosthetic option. She's expecting another one in the mail.

“On a more exciting note, my high heel leg will be here any day now. So I’m really excited about that. And I was thinking that it wasn’t coming at the best time of year, because I’m not going to be able to show it off. And then I thought well, only one of my legs is going to be cold, so maybe I could,” said Abbott.

She says donations from the public, the marathon bombing fund in Boston, and private foundations have helped pay her steep medical costs.

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