Northeastern student injured in blast speaks out
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Victoria McGrath is trying to come to terms with the blast that sent shrapnel into her leg eight days after the Boston Marathon bombing.
“I just don’t get what happened, I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever be able to understand,” said McGrath.
The blast left the Northeastern University student panicked. An army sergeant named Tyler rushed to her side.
Her story caught the attention of the governor.
"One of the things he said to her to calm her down, was to show her his own shrapnel, a wound or a shrapnel wound from when he was in Afghanistan," said Governor Patrick.
Tyler helped McGrath survive the initial shock of the attack, but she says her family and friends are the ones getting her back on her feet.
“I wouldn't have been able to move on without my friends and family now. They get me up in the morning. And make me feel like I’m getting better,” said McGrath.
A visit by actor Bradley Cooper also lifted McGrath’s spirits.
“The fact that he took time to see me is really, really meaningful. I won’t forget that. He’s a great guy,” McGrath said.
Now on the road to recovery, McGrath knows it could have been worse.
“People I know lost their legs. I don’t know why I was still lucky. I’ll be more than fine. I’ll be stronger,” said McGrath.
McGrath says once she leaves the hospital she will have to undergo physical therapy for about a year.