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.
Tonight at 8 p.m. ET Abbott shares how she came to that decision and you’ll be amazed at her strength and determination.
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UPDATE Watch the interview that aired in tonight's program:
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