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Tonight on AC360: Last Boston bombings survivor leaves hospital
Erika Brannock learning to dress her wounds before leaving the hospital.
June 3rd, 2013
07:05 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Last Boston bombings survivor leaves hospital

Erika Brannock took the next step on her road to recovery today. The survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings left the hospital where doctors treated her after the attack.

She was the last patient wounded that day to check out of the hospital. CNN's Randi Kaye was with her for the milestone, and will have her story of survival tonight on AC360.

Erika was with her sister and brother-in-law at the finish line; they were there to cheer for her mother who was running in the race. The blast destroyed part of Erika's left leg and her right leg was broken.

She believes she could have died if not for the compassion and quick thinking of a stranger. All Erika can remember about the hero is that her name is Joan and she said she was from California. Joan tied a belt around Erika's leg to help slow the blood loss.

Do you recognize Joan in this picture taken after the bombings? If so, help Erika find the woman who saved her life by emailing  FindJoan@cnn.com.

Erika and Joan

Hear more about Erika's story at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

Friends have set up a fund to help Erika cover some of the astronomical medical bills she faces. If you'd like to help, contribute to the Erika Brannock Fund.


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  1. Marty Riegler

    The courage shown by these survivors who have lost limbs is so powerful! The damage done by two men to so many is tragic. I lived in Boston for many years and was always at the finish line so this event has had me very shaken and greatful for being alive and in one pice.

    June 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm |