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.
Abbott thanked the many friends and relatives who have stood by her since she lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing five weeks ago. And she vowed that she will walk again.
"Although I may need assistance getting around for the next few weeks, don’t get used to seeing me this way. I am determined to start walking again as soon as possible. And I am quite certain that absolutely nothing will get in my way," said Abbott.
The event drew Governor Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and three of the four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation.
Abbott is receiving physical therapy in Middletown now. She has yet to return to work at Raytheon in Portsmouth.