Mother, daughter gravely injured in blast speak out
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A mother, who had both her legs amputated below the knee, and her daughter, who nearly died from shrapnel wounds, spoke about the terrifying Boston Marathon bombing and how they are recovering side by side, giving each other strength to survive.
“There were times where everything just kind of overwhelms you. I really believe if you persevere and believe in yourself, you really have to dig down deep inside, and just be like, I can do this. It’s going to be hard, but I can do this," Celeste Corcoran said.
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell were at the finish line watching Celeste’s sister finish her first marathon.
“When the bomb hit, I immediately, I was down on the ground because it hit my leg,” Celeste said. "My husband was standing next to me and I had no idea that if Sydney was hurt, I just was down, and his face was over my face, 'I've got you you're hurt, I'm going to take care of you,'" Celeste said.
Kevin Corcoran tied a tourniquet around his wife's legs which were later amputated below the knee. Sydney, 18, suffered a near-fatal shrapnel wound.
“It was really difficult. Feeling so tired because all the blood was leaving my body. I felt like I was fading,” Sydney said.
In the hospital, the Corcorans got a visit from actor Bradley Cooper and Sydney received a birthday gift from Jeff Bauman, the 27-year-old who lost his legs in the bombing.
Celeste says she's already received the best present of all.
"We're all here, we're all alive. I got my baby with me, I couldn't ask for more," she said.
A friend started the Celeste and Sydney Recovery fund. It's already raised more than $650,000 in donations from more than 10,000 donors.