Richard family making progress 4 months after marathon bombings

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

August 15, 2013, 4:18 pm
SHARE THIS POST
Print Article


(NECN) - Thursday, August 15, 2013 marked four months since the Boston Marathon bombings. A Boston family forever linked to the marathon bombings is reporting progress in its recovery.

The family of Martin Richard recently spent its first night back at home. The 8-year-old Dorchester boy was killed in the bombings.

The family has released this photo of Martin's sister Jane walking on a new prosthetic leg:

jane richard



Jane and her mother were badly hurt in the April 15th bombings.

The family also released a statement today, reading:
“Today marks four months since our family, and indeed our community were savagely and cowardly attacked for reasons we remain at a loss to understand.  While we have made progress with our physical injuries, the emotional pain seems every bit as new as it was four months ago.

An hour doesn’t go by that we don’t feel the agony of Martin’s death and the senseless way it came about.  The pain is constant and even the sweetest moments can become heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that “Martin would have loved this…”

But it is not all heartbreak for our family, as we are making progress on this long, difficult and painful road forward.  After three months in hospitals and hundreds of hours of physical therapy and other work at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Jane was discharged a few weeks ago.  That night was the first time any of us slept at home in our own beds since before the bombings.  We left home together on April 15th, and we were determined that none of us would sleep at home until all of us could do so.  As so many things have been, returning home without Martin certainly made that important milestone bittersweet, but we know he was with us, as he is every moment of every day.
Jane continues to be an incredible source of inspiration - and exhaustion.  The loss of her leg has not slowed her one bit, or deterred her in any way.  As we knew she would, when we finally returned home, Jane walked into the house with the aid of her crutches, but under her own power.  She has since received her prosthetic leg.  And while she is getting more comfortable with it, she is also limited with how much she can wear it at any one time.  When she is able to have it on, she struts around on it with great pride and a total sense of accomplishment.  Her strength, balance and comfort with the leg improve every day.  Watching her dance with her new leg, which has her weight primarily on the other leg, is absolutely priceless.

As for the rest of us, we are still dealing with our injuries and their impact on our lives.  But we are also making progress, and just like Jane, we each endure the occasional setback here and there along the way.

Henry has continued to be strong, attentive and protective of all of us.  He has also managed to be busy this summer, having attended a few cool overnight camps and occasionally sneaking away to spend time with close friends.

Henry and Jane both look forward to getting back to school in a few weeks.  Bill and Denise look forward to their return to school as well.  The change in schedule will permit us to both look back on the thousands of loving and generous gestures sent our way since this nightmare began, and also start to look forward.  We hope to honor Martin’s memory in a meaningful and impactful way, and this fall we intend to start exploring ways to do that.

Throughout all that has happened, we have worked hard to maintain our bond as a family.  With the love and support of family and friends, including those who were total strangers just four months ago, we feel like we are succeeding."



Statement was posted on family's Tumblr.

Tags: Boston Marathon bombings, Martin Richard, Richard family, Jane Richard
RELATED STORIES
COMMENTS
Boston Bruins now leads the playoff series 2-1 between Detroit Red Wings
Estate of building's owner is suing welding company, owners of adjacent building
Authorities say 81-year-old Elizabeth Coyne and 83-year-old Donald Coyne were found dead at their Weymouth, Mass. home