Bombing survivor describes his experience
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Stoneham man, who remains in the hospital after surviving the Boston Marathon bombing, described his experience in the blasts.
Jarrod Clowrey suffered severe burn and shrapnel wounds. The bombing killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, including some of Clowrey’s friends.
Clowrey was about three feet away from the second bomb when it went off. A photo shows how close he was to suspect No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“Boom, and I just remember feeling engulfed and I got thrown out into the street and just like the movies, all the sound just taken away and you know, something inside me said ‘Get up Jarrod, get up’,” Clowrey told reporters on Tuesday, just over two weeks after the bombing.
Clowrey and his friends were wounded when the second bomb exploded near their feet after they arrived at the finish line to watch their friend race. Three of his four friends lost limbs.
Clowrey, severely burned and covered with nails, was rushed into surgery.
“We removed all the foreign bodies we could. I think our tally was about 12 carpentry nails, five BBs, a few pieces of plastic,” said Dr. Robert Riviello, who operated on Clowrey.
Doctors also removed pieces of denim from his jeans that were blown into his body. Clowery still needs multiple surgeries -- he still has more than 20 pieces of shrapnel, including nails and ball bearings, inside his body.
“My friends are in much worse shape and they’re upbeat and positive. I was actually mentally not as positive as they were when I finally got to talk to them,” said Clowrey.
Clowrey was able to leave Brigham and Women’s Hospital to visit his friends.
“Since this has happened I don’t like to be alone, it’s no secret, and I have had a few cries and a few breakdowns, I guess,” said Clowrey.
Clowrey isn’t scared to go back to the marathon.
“I don’t know what I’m going to next Boston Marathon, maybe me and the same group of guys are going to go right back down there,” said Clowrey.
Clowrey said watching doctors in the emergency room on Marathon Monday was more beautiful than any Tom Brady play he has ever seen.
Clowrey will leave Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Wednesday to go to a rehabilitation facility.