Tonight on AC360: Bombing victim never doubts decision to amputate leg
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April 26th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Bombing victim never doubts decision to amputate leg

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.

If you'd like to help, please visit Heather Abbott's fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/HeatherAbbott

Find out how you can help all the victims of the attack: How to Help 

UPDATE Watch the interview that aired in tonight's program:

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  1. Cathy O'Leary Hayes

    Hello, I'd just like to thank Anderson and the 360 team for caring about Boston and for your fine reporting.
    Keep probing. We have so much we need to learn.
    Thank you,
    Boston area resident

    April 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm |