Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis was at the Boston Marathon to enjoy the event with her husband, Air Force Capt. Adam Davis, who just returned home safely from Afghanistan. But last Monday, both were injured when the second bomb at the marathon exploded near them. Adrianne’s left foot and part of that leg had to be amputated.
"I remember everything. I remember falling backwards because of the impact," she said of the blast. "I was bleeding profusely. It was very scary." Adrianne recognized the severity of the wound and wanted to save her foot. She crawled on her elbows to a nearby restaurant to find help and to get to a clean area. Adam was covered with shrapnel and was unable to move at the time.
Adrianne did find help from strangers who used their belts to make a tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding. She was then taken to Boston Medical Center where doctors operated on her leg. The 32-year-old didn't know about the amputation until she awoke from surgery and told her mother that her foot felt numb.
Now the couple is focusing on healing and Adrianne is determined to dance again. She's even committed to a student any dance teacher would be hesitant to take on: our very own Anderson Cooper. They spoke earlier today on the phone and this afternoon Anderson visited Adrianne at the hospital. The bedside interview will air tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
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UPDATE Watch Anderson's interview with Adrianne and Adam:
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