A woman who lost her left leg below the knee in the Boston Marathon bombings says she's had too much support from friends, family and strangers to be devastated.
Heather Abbott, 38, from Newport, R.I., had her foot mangled in the second blast on April 15 — one of more than 200 injuries in the explosions that also left three dead. After initially hoping her foot could be saved, Abbott decided she'd be better off with a prosthetic.
Abbott, who was upbeat throughout a news conference at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said if you had told her before the explosions that she would lose a foot, "I think I would have been devastated. And I really haven't had a moment of being devastated."
Abbott said she's been overwhelmed by the support, interest and caring from people since the attacks, starting almost immediately afterward. She was lining up to get into the Forum bar on Boylston Street when the explosion blew her into the bar. Abbott said she initially wondered who could help her with so many people running for their lives.
But two men and two women helped get her into an ambulance, she said.
Hasn't thought about suspects
All the support means she's had no time to despair, either at her situation or the suspects, Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. "I don't even know how to pronounce their names," she said, noting that she's purposely avoided news coverage of the event. She said she might get angry when she delves into the details, but she hasn't yet.
"This is the situation I'm faced with," she said. "It's not going to change, so for me to sort of dwell on the negative is going to be a waste of time for me."
Abbott met Michelle Obama in the early days of her recovery and the president's wife gave her a coin she normally gives to military personnel who are injured. Their discussion was brief, however: "I was under the influence of a lot of medication," Abbott said, smiling.