Dancer hurt in bombing vows to dance again
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A professional dancer who lost her left foot in the Boston Marathon bombings vows to dance again.
The bombing one week ago not only threatened her life, it threatened to destroy her passion. She is a ballroom dancer and full-time instructor. Sadly, she is now an amputee.
But instead of being depressed, this survivor has an amazing and inspirational attitude.
And what's more, even though she's never been a runner, Adrianne Haslet-Davis plans to run next year's marathon.
“We remember everything, unfortunately. I remember the blast, I remember the sound of it. I remember the air hitting my chest and my stomach and kind of flying me,” said Adrianne Haslet-Davis.
She grabbed her husband, who had just gotten back from Afghanistan unharmed.
“I look at Adam and said I think I'm okay. And he said I think I'm okay too,” Haslet-Davis said.
But she couldn't move her foot.
“He lifted up my leg and started screaming and I started screaming,” Haslet-Davis said.
The bottom of her foot was gone. She was rushed into surgery at Boston Medical Center.
“I told everyone who would listen I was a ballroom dancer,” Haslet-Davis said.
she received terrible news after waking up two days later.
“I said, ‘Mom can you help me adjust under my left leg. It feels like my foot is asleep.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Adrianne, you don't have a foot,’ and I just lost it,” Haslet-Davis said.
“She had a little cry time. A lot of angry time. And then she realized it was reality and she needed to move forward,” said Chauni Haslet,” Adrianne Haslet-Davis’ mother said.
She had yet to see her husband, whose body was riddled with shrapnel.
In the triage, husband and wife were separated. Adam went to Beth Israel, but after his initial treatment Boston Medical Center allowed him to transfer to where his wife was being treated.
“It was a great blessing on Thursday to finally be in the same room together and hold each other again,” said Captain Adam Davis, Haslet-Davis’ husband.
They are together, and she has a goal. She won't just dance again -- she will run.
“I could cha cha all the way down. It would take me probably quadruple the amount of time it would than a normal person crawling it. But I do want to run the marathon next year,” said Haslet-Davis.
Haslet-Davis had no idea a fund had been set in her name. It's already raised more than $50,000.
She says she hopes the money can be used to help others.
Haslet-Davis is an instructor with the Arthur Murray Dance Studios; a job she hopes to resume.