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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Charlestown, Mass.) - Fellow transit officers cheered as Officer Richard Donohue left Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Friday.
Two months ago, Donohue nearly died pursing the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
“I have no physical recollection of that night,” he said.
Donohue doesn’t remember being shot in the thigh during a gun battle that night, or losing so much blood he had no pulse. Nor does he remember the life-saving work of the emergency staff at Mount Auburn Hospital, but he is grateful for it.
“They pieced me back together,” said Donohue.
At Spaulding, Donohue had been working on getting stronger. He said seeing and talking with the bombing survivors who were also there helped him.
“We’re all on the same track,” he said. “We’re all working hard to get better.”
Donohue is anxious to get back to work, but right now, the focus is on his recovery and his family.
"I don’t know if we’ve had our 'holy cow' moment yet,” said Donohue’s wife Kim, who has been by his side every moment she hasn’t been home with their infant son. “We will when we get home and sit there with our son and say, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?’”
Donohue knows he’s missed two months of his son’s life, but is looking forward to catching up.
“I swear, every time I see him he has a new tooth,” said Donohue. “He has more teeth than me. He has a big grin. He’s a happy baby.”
“I’m gonna make up that [lost] time when I get home,” he added.
While the baby won’t remember his dad’s absence of two months, there is another member of the family who won’t soon forget – his dog Waylon.
“I’m probably going to get attacked by my beagle,” said Donohue. “That’s what’s going to happen. He hasn’t seen me, I think he’s a little depressed.”
Kim Donohue said Waylon took it the hardest.
“He’s suffered the worst out of anybody. He hasn’t been eating, he’s been sleeping on Dick’s side of the bed. He doesn’t want to get out of bed,” she said.
While Donohue has been reunited with his family and dog, it’ll be a while before he’s back to work. He still has a bullet lodged in his body and nerve damage, but for now the best medicine is going home.