Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation. The charity will provide funds for other amputees.
Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels. Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.
Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.
36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118th running of the race has special significance. It's the one-year anniversary of a horrific bombing that killed three people, and injured more than 200 others at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon. Race organizers have beefed up security, but city leaders say they hope the marathon will still feel like a fun, family event. They say that’s part of their effort to reclaim the marathon after the bombing.
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 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.
It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.