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Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott stands at the finish line yearly to fund prosthetic limbs

Heather Abbott (left) and Roseann Sdoia (right) developed a friendship after the bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Heather Abbott (left) and Roseann Sdoia (right) knew each other before the marathon and later found out that they'd each lost a limb in the bombings. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Among the runners watching near the finish line of today's Boston Marathon is Heather Abbott. At 38, she was on a trip from Rhode Island to Boston to watch the Red Sox and the Marathon finish, when the second of two bombs blew her into the doorway of a nearby restaurant.

Carried to safety by former Patriot's linebacker Matt Chatham, Abbott would lose a leg, but not before multiple surgeries trying to save it. Ten years later, Abbott says she doesn't feel anger. Instead, her focus is on the foundation she started just 18 months after the bombings to help pay for expensive prosthetics that insurance doesn't cover.

She joins host Robin Young to talk about her recovery and the peace she's found. Young also shares a sound montage and recap of the moments after the bombing, and the car chase, carjacking and shootout that led to the death of one bomber and the capture of the of the other

This segment aired on April 17, 2023.


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