Bombing survivor, surgeon discuss recovery efforts

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April 25, 2013, 4:54 pm
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(NECN) - Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott faced reporters alongside her surgeon at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston Wednesday to talk about her recovery efforts.

Abbott's left foot had to be amputated after being damaged in the blasts.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the amount of support and patience and just general interest in and care in my situation by my friends and my family and by people I don't even know," she says. "If someone had told me that I was going to have half a leg, basically, at the age of 38 before this happened, I think I would have never believed it. I think I would have been devastated and I really haven't had a moment yet of being devastated because I've gotten so much support from the hospital."

Abbott says the hospital has also given her resources.

"I mean, the hospital has brought in individuals who are in the same situation as I am. They live normal lives, they were able to tell me about that, which has been great," she says.

Dr. Eric Bluman, Abbott's surgeon, was also at the press conference, and described the recovery process.

"Below the knee amputees, as in Heather's case, have a very much accelerated recovery relative to some people who undergo limb salvage procedures, so she's going to go to rehab as soon as she feels she's ready and we feel she's ready, to make sure she's ready to go home," he says.

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Tags: Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston Marathon bombings, Boston bombings, Heather Abbott, Boston Maraton bombing, Dr Eric Bluman
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