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Faced with a difficult decision she never imagined she'd have to make, Heather Abbott had doctors remove her severely wounded foot. She tells Anderson Cooper about her choice and explains why she's optimistic about the future.
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Stories of heroism, strength, and solidarity have poured out in the aftermath of the explosions that shook the Boston Marathon on April 15 killing three and injuring more than 260. Since that day, Anderson Cooper has been reporting from Boston and has met with remarkable survivors and courageous bystanders who took action.
Anderson spoke to a dance instructor, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who is determined to get back on the dance floor after losing her left foot. She was thrown in the air from the blast and crawled to a nearby bar with her husband where a stranger tried to use belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding. Both Adrianne and her husband, Air Force Capt. Adam Davis, are angry about what happened, but they are optimistic about their future: “I am defiant and I want to come out stronger,” she told Anderson. Haslet-Davis was one of at least 14 who are now amputees because of last week’s blasts.
38-year-old Heather Abbott was standing on line outside a Boylston Street bar when the first bomb went off during the Boston Marathon. “I immediately thought it was some type of terrorist attack,” Abbott told Anderson today in a bedside interview at Bringham and Women’s Hospital.
Just seconds after that first explosion, the second blast happened. “I was catapulted into the bar,” Abbot said. She says people inside the bar were all running for the back exit, but she couldn’t move.
She tried to crawl and cried out for help. Strangers and friends came to her rescue. Abbott knew she was in bad shape. “It felt like my foot was on fire,” she said.
Abbott was rushed to the hospital with a shattered left foot and ankle. Doctors eventually presented her with a tough choice: whether or not to keep her foot. She decided to have it amputated.
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