Marathon Bombing Victim: ‘We Knew It was an Attack’
BOSTON (WGGB) — One of the victims of last Monday’s marathon is recounting the moments after she and her husband were both injured by the bombings on Boylston Street last week.
In an interview via satellite Thursday morning on ABC’s “The View”, 32-year-old Adrianne Haslet-Davis says that she and her husband Adam, who had just returned two weeks earlier from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, were shopping and walking along the marathon route.
“All of a sudden, the first bomb went off, and we both looked at each other and knew that it wasn’t just fanfare or confetti bomb or anything that was fun. We knew that it was an attack,” Haslet-Davis recounts with hosts Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Intially, Haslet-Davis, who is a professional dancer and dance instructor, and her husband, who were knocked to the ground by the force of the blast, didn’t think at first they had been hurt. She says that she went to move her feet “just to get the heck out of there,” she told her husband that she thought something was wrong.
“He grabbed my leg and looked at it, and my entire ankle is missing. At that moment…I thought that my life was over.”
Doctors at Boston Medical Center were forced to amputate her left foot.
When she awoke from surgery, Haslet-Davis adds that she asked her mother to help her move her foot because it felt like it had fallen sleep. It was then her mother broke the news to her daughter.
“She looked at me and said Adrianne, you don’t have a foot, and I lost it. I think I threw a couple water bottles or something that was near me and screamed and started hitting my legs and started bawling and crying,”
Haslet-Davis has since been discharged from Boston Medical Center and is beginning her physical therapy and rehab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, also in Boston. She says that right now, she is learning how shape her gauze to help the swelling go down, then she will be given a shaping sock, which will shape her leg better to fit a prosthetic.
Her husband, Adam, was also injured in the blast, suffering shrapnel injuries on his legs and feet. Doctors were forced remove what Haslet-Davis descibes as a “golf ball size part” from the top of his right foot.
Haslet-Davis adds that her support system is really helping her get through this ordeal. “I’m coping by having such wonderful friends and family around me and making sure that I’m surrounding myself with positive people and amazing therapists,” she notes.