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Injured Victim of Marathon Explosions Shares Her Story

Lauren Vulcano

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (WGGB) — A couple that was ten feet from the first explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon helped each other to safety.

“I was grabbing my ears and the ringing was terrible and I couldn’t hear anybody else,” said Lauren Vulcano.

Lauren Vulcano says her boyfriend Mark pulled her away from the blast zone.

“We just ran as fast as we could until we heard the next bomb,” said Vulcano.

The couple then ducked into a business.

“Mark put me right under the desk with a couple other people and pushed his body in front of mine so if anything happened I would be protected from the blast,” said Vulcano.

Later, Lauren and Mark discovered he had a huge gash in his leg. The two could be seen on camera, running with the help of a woman to the medical tent at the finish line. They were later taken to Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and are doing okay.

“They moved our beds next to each other, so we were shoulder to shoulder and could like hold each others hands,” said Vulcano.

Lauren is back at home with her family. She has a gash on her shoulder and marks on her face and legs left by ball bearings that came shooting from the bomb. She also has partial hearing loss and hair damage.

“I couldn’t believe, here is my baby and she was in an explosion, like how does that happen,” said Michele Vulcano, Lauren’s mother.

“It was heart breaking and when it involves your own daughter and you know it’s scary, shocking, scary, you’re upset, you know you’re worried,” said Mike Vulcano, Lauren’s father.

Lauren, her mom and dad say a guardian angel was with them on Monday afternoon. They all want to thank those who jumped into action.

“The Boston Police, ATF, FBI, tremendous job,” said Mike Vulcano.

“Everyone was there to help and to ease the situation and fix everyone, did so unbelievable,” said Lauren Vulcano.

Lauren is encouraging people to continue to send in pictures and information to the FBI so they can catch whoever did this to her.

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