Marathon Day Bombings Injure Woman with Longmeadow Ties
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — A young woman with ties to Longmeadow is recovering from injuries suffered in the Boston Marathon Day bombings.
32-year old Ryan McMahon is facing a long road to recovery.
Ryan is now staying in Boston with her grandmother who celebrated her 83rd birthday with Ryan just one day before Marathon Monday.
Ryan’s father John McMahon says his daughter wasn’t injured by the actual explosions but the chaos that ensured as Ryan was sitting near the top row of a reviewing stand near the finish line.
“She was on the second row from the back, somehow in the jostling she fell 15 feet landed on her hands and her back,” says John McMahon.
Given how powerful the explosion was and the extent of the injuries around her, John McMahon says his daughter was one of the lucky ones.
“We’re blessed, she was incredibly lucky, she came out of it with a broken back and two broken arms but those bones will mend,” says McMahon.
McMahon also says Ryan called her mom right after she fell from the reviewing stand.
“She was in shock, my wife clearly understood and said get to a hospital fast, she ran two miles and somebody picked her up in a cab and brought her to the hospital,” says McMahon.
And once she got to the hospital, Ryan will never forget the trauma she witnessed.
“She was one of the first people coming in and said prepare yourself for an onslaught, she saw the explosion in front of her and she could see it and saw the poor people who had lost limbs coming into the emergency rooms,” says John McMahon.
The road back for Ryan will be a long one.
But John McMahon says his daughter will make it all the way back.
“She’s very determined and strong and wants to get going again, and is in fact talking about wanting to run in next year’s marathon,” says McMahon.
A fundraiser has just been set up by friends for Ryan. If you would like to donate you can visit the website by clicking here.