Amputee describes Boston Marathon bombing
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Rhode Island woman who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing spoke out from Brigham and Women’s Hospital Thursday.
Heather Abbott, 38, said she hasn’t had time to be devastated about the injury she suffered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Instead, she said she’s been overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received.
Abbott is starting to recover after having part of her left leg removed. She said she was with seven of her friends on Marathon Monday. They were lined up outside the restaurant, Forum, when the bombs went off.
Abbott said the explosions were so strong, they threw her right into the restaurant.
“As we are standing there, a loud noise went off and I remember turning around and looking and seeing smoke and seeing people screaming, and it immediately reminded me of 9/11. I felt like my foot was on fire; I knew I couldn’t’ stand up. And I didn’t know what to do. I was screaming, ‘Somebody please help me.’ And I was thinking, ‘Who’s going to help me?’ Everybody else what running for their lives,” said Abbott.
Abbott said one of the first people who ran to help her turned out to be former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham. She said she hasn’t seen him since Marathon Monday, but hopes to thank him soon.
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Abbott in the hospital last week.