Feature

A Boston bombing survivor’s vow

Adrianne Haslet-Davis was cheering on the runners at the Boston Marathon when she heard a bomb explode nearby.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis was cheering on the runners at the Boston Marathon when she heard a bomb explode nearby, said David Ariosto in CNN.com. “There was this silence that came over the crowd,” says the dance instructor. “And I thought, ‘Oh no, there can never be just one.’” Moments later, a second device packed with nails and ball bearings exploded at her feet, hurling Haslet-Davis and her husband, Adam, several yards across the sidewalk, where they landed in a tangle of limbs. “For a little while, everything seemed to go quiet. I thought we were fine, until I looked down and realized my left foot was practically detached.” Adam, who was riddled with shrapnel wounds, pulled off his belt and made a tourniquet to stop her bleeding. First responders rushed her to the hospital, where surgeons amputated her leg five inches below her left knee. Haslet-Davis, 32, is struggling with her loss. “I have moments when I throw water bottles across the room and get angry that I won’t be able to dance with the same movements I had before.” But her anger, she says, will fuel her recovery after she gets a prosthetic leg and foot. “I can’t let some [expletive] steal my whole life. So, I’ll dance again. And next year, though I’ve never been a runner, I plan to run the marathon.”

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: January 28, 2023
Former President Donald Trump.
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: January 28, 2023

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'
North Koreans walk in Pyongchang.
sure ...

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine
Leopard 2 battle tanks
Many tanks

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?
A destroyed Russian tank
Briefing

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?

Most Popular

The big debate about alcohol
Alcohol.
In depth

The big debate about alcohol

Andrea Riseborough's Oscar nomination sparks Academy scrutiny
Andrea Riseborough
andrea fallborough?

Andrea Riseborough's Oscar nomination sparks Academy scrutiny

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine
Leopard 2 battle tanks
Many tanks

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine