Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

Apr 15, 2014

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 at her Newport home.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

“All of those, you know, those people that I’ve met who were hurt last year, especially the amputees, some of them have become very close friends to me and you know, I think the friendships that I’ve made and a lot the people that I’ve met…people that have helped me and that I’ve helped I wouldn’t have experienced. So I think that those are some positive outcomes from a terrible event,” said Abbott.

Abbott said she will take part in the final half mile of the race, finishing with the other competitors.

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