The nation paused today to mark one year since the terror attack Boston Marathon bombing. The city of Boston marked this milestone by reflecting on a year filled with challenges and resilience. 'Boston Strong' has become the city's rallying cry, and Boston's strength was on full display today.
This year's World Series is special to Boston. It comes six months after the bombing at the Boston Marathon severely tested the city's resilience. By all accounts, the people who call Boston home have emerged stronger than ever.'Boston Strong,' as they say. For bombing survivor Steven Byrne, it has been a tough road to recovery, buoyed by the spirit of the city and his beloved Red Sox. Gary Tuchman went to Boston and watched game one of the series with Steven.
Six months after the Boston Marathon terror attack, we may soon learn whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face the death penalty. Prosecutors say they will make their recommendation by the end of this month. Susan Candiotti has the latest on the case.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a survivor of the Boston bombings. The professional dance instructor lost her left leg below the knee and has vowed to dance again. Adrianne, along with her husband Adam, who was also injured in the attack, agreed to videotape her recovery for AC 360°. The journey they documented in the six months since the bombings is filled with triumphs and struggles of both body and mind. Through every step, Adrianne is determined to be made whole again, resilient in the face of extreme challenges. She insists no one should ever call her a victim – she’s a survivor.
Six months have passed since the terror attack at the Boston Marathon. It was shortly after that tragedy that we met, Adrianne Haslet-Davis. She is a professional dancer who lost her left leg below the knee and vows to dance again. We are following the inspiring story of her recovery.
Editor's note: If you'd like to help Erika cover the cost of some of her medical bills, her friends have established the Erika Brannock Fund to collect donations.
Erika Brannock, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, anxiously purses her lips.
Her eyes jump and she is quick to smile and laugh.
This is what someone looks like waiting to meet the person, a stranger, who she believes saved her life.
"I told my cousin last night that it's kind of like the night before Christmas, where you're so excited, but nervous at the same time and you can't sleep," Brannock told CNN's AC360 on Wednesday.
Brannock is about to meet Amanda North, a woman who took her hand and did not let go.
Erika Brannock credits Amanda North with saving her life after the Boston bombings. The two women met for the first time since the attack on Tuesday. They were reunited with the help of AC360 viewers who saw Randi Kaye's report on Monday night and recognized North in a photo taken after the blasts.
In the confusion, they both heard each other's names incorrectly, and they lost track of each other when Erika was rushed to the hospital. "The last I saw of Erika, she was lying gravely wounded on a sidewalk in Boston. And there was a swarm of emergency responders trying to help her and carried her away," North says.
Brannock had her left leg amputated and endured 11 surgeries; she returned to her home in Maryland this week. The preschool teacher was desperate to find North, who was also injured. They are both grateful to be reconnected after weeks of being unable to find each other.
Anderson Cooper asked North about her heroic actions in the chaotic aftermath of the bombings. "I wish I could say it was conscious, but there was a person who needed my help, and it was the reason I was there. I felt that I was meant to be there, to help her, and thank God I did," she says.
Erika Brannock's life was forever changed the day the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. Part of her left leg was blown off, and her right leg was broken. She might have died if a stranger hadn't been there to provide critical care and support.
Brannock, 29, was discharged from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center this week; she was the last patient injured in the attack to be released. As she returned home to Maryland, she thought about all she had overcome, the 11 surgeries she endured and the challenges she faces adjusting to her new normal.
The preschool teacher also spent a lot of time thinking about the woman who held her hand and tied a tourniquet around her severed limb. Brannock desperately wanted to find her hero.
On Monday night, CNN's Randi Kaye reported on Erika's journey and turned to AC360° viewers for help finding the woman who saved Brannock's life.
Erika Brannock could have died from her severe injuries after the Boston Marathon bombings were it not for a good samaritan. Part of Erika's left leg was blown off in the blast and her right leg was broken. A compassionate stranger, who she recalls having the name Joan, made a tourniquet out of a belt to stop the bleeding.
"I had a conversation in my head with God and I told him I wasn't ready to go," remembers Erika. "It was almost instantaneously ... this woman kind of crawled over to me and she grabbed my hand ... she said 'My name is Joan from California and I'm not going to let you go,' and she stayed with me the whole time."
The preschool teacher has overcome many obstacles in her recovery, including 11 surgeries, as well as the fear of another attack. Every time she was wheeled into the operating room, she had to pass the section of the hospital where bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being treated. The FBI assured Erika that he would never hurt her again.