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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.”

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