Lowell teen, mother injured in marathon blast
LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) -- An 18-year-old from Lowell, who had already cheated death once before, was severely injured in the Boston Marathon blasts Monday.
Sydney Corcoran was terribly injured in 2011 when she was hit by a car, fracturing her skull. She made a full recovery from her injuries in 2011, but on Monday, she and her mother Celeste went to the marathon to cheer on her aunt.
Sydney had tweeted, “Boston Marathon, here I come. So proud my aunt is doing this and fundraising."
And then the bombs went off.
The most recent photo of Sydney has appeared as one of the most iconic pictures of the marathon blasts.
"It was like déjà vu all over again. Poor little girl, she’s such a sweet girl to have this happen twice to her,” said Henry Pellerin, victim’s relative.
Sydney has had multiple surgeries at Boston Medical Center. She was critically injured. Her mother, a Newbury Street hairdresser, lost both her legs.
"A lot of people are praying for them," said Lorraine Daigle, victim’s cousin.
Sydney’s 20-year-old brother, Tyler, was at their Lowell home Wednesday, but didn’t want to be on video. He told 7News "everything is going downhill" and the family "can't seem to catch a break."
Close relatives who live in the neighborhood told 7News they can't believe that family has to go through this kind of thing again.
"Sydney is a beautiful girl. When she had that accident, we were devastated. For this to happen to her again is too much,” said Al Pellerin, victim’s relative.
The Celeste and Sydney Recovery Fund is now set to help the family.
Sydney's father, Kevin Corcoran is a truck driver, and Tyler says they're all facing a long, tough road.