Injured Newport Woman Keeping Up Her Spirits

Apr 26, 2013

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.

"Dr. Bluman had explained to me that if I kept my foot it was very badly mangled," Abbott said. "It would probably, most likely, never fully heal or be functional. One of my legs would likely be shorter than the other. And I wouldn’t be able to live the lifestyle I did prior to the injury."

Abbott says she’s overwhelmed by the support she has received from friends, relatives and perfect strangers.  She says it’s helped her accept her fate.

"You know, this is the situation I’m faced with," Abbott said. "It’s not going to change so for me to dwell on the negative is sort of a waste of time for me."

Abbott faces some time in rehab before returning to her Newport home.