Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her foot in the Boston Marathon bombings. A month later, she can envision returning to the dance floor – her ultimate goal. Adrianne speaks candidly with Anderson Cooper about the healing process. And she reminds Anderson that he promised to be her dance student when she's ready.
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A month after Adrianne Haslet-Davis' foot was amputated, the Boston bombing survivor describes the challenges she faces in an interview with Anderson Cooper. She says the hardest part is doing "simple things" like showering, going to the bathroom and getting ready - her daily routine.
Adrianne fell in her bedroom a few days ago directly on her tender wound and sensitive stitching. The incident made her new normal seem more real.
"I don't know if it was me just kind of realizing physically that my leg wasn't there anymore. But it was really hard for me. I think it sort of made me realize that I was a lot weaker than I thought I was ... a hard thing to think about," says Adrianne.
One month ago, Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her left foot in the attack. The dance instructor has had a positive outlook, but is also candid about her struggles. She’s vowed to return to the dance floor and has agreed to let AC360° follow her journey. Anderson Cooper shows how far she’s come in just four weeks.
Editor's note: Anderson Cooper is live from Boston tonight on the one month anniversary of the attack. He'll speak with Adrianne Haslet-Davis and show the first installment of a special series on her recovery.
We first met Adrianne Haslet-Davis a week after the Boston Marathon bombings. She had been standing so close to the second explosion that it actually launched her into the air.
“I remember the air hitting me and the impact of the air hitting my chest and stomach and flying through the air and then landing,” she said. “I sat up and tried to move, and I said … there's something wrong with my foot.”
The impact had blown away a large portion of her left foot. Without the heroic work of her husband Adam, who had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan with the Air Force, and first responders, she likely wouldn’t have survived.
Dance teacher Adrianne Haslet-Davis was thrown from the blast at the Boston Marathon finish line. She realized immediately she needed to act to save her foot. After crawling to a bar for help, her husband, who was also injured, and a good samaritan tried to use their belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding. Adrianne was relieved when they were finally taken to a hospital for care. When she awoke after surgery, she saw that her left foot and part of her leg had been amputated. In a moving interview, she's tells Anderson Cooper that she's determined to dance again and conquer the challenges that stand in her way.
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Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her foot in the Boston marathon bombing but is determined to move forward. She and her husband, Air Force Capt. Adam Davis, told Anderson Cooper what happened to them immediately following the blast, and why they're so optimistic about overcoming the challenges of Adrianne's amputation.
The 32-year-old crawled on her elbows to find safety in a nearby bar after the explosions. Seeing the severity of her injury, she and her husband, with the help of another person, used belts as tourniquets to try to stop the bleeding.
Adrianne discovered her foot was gone after she awoke from surgery and told her mother that her foot felt numb. She said it was difficult to find out that she was experiencing phantom pains because she no longer had a foot on her left leg.
Over the past week she's processed the horror of that day and the devastating effects, but is determined to dance again. Adrianne has also said she's interested in participating in the marathon next year.
"I don't want this to be the end. So whether it's, you know, running the marathon or walking the marathon or crawling the marathon and being the last one across. I'm OK with that ... But I am defiant and I want to come out stronger," she said.
Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis was at the Boston Marathon to enjoy the event with her husband, Air Force Capt. Adam Davis, who just returned home safely from Afghanistan. But last Monday, both were injured when the second bomb at the marathon exploded near them. Adrianne’s left foot and part of that leg had to be amputated.
"I remember everything. I remember falling backwards because of the impact," she said of the blast. "I was bleeding profusely. It was very scary." Adrianne recognized the severity of the wound and wanted to save her foot. She crawled on her elbows to a nearby restaurant to find help and to get to a clean area. Adam was covered with shrapnel and was unable to move at the time.
Adrianne did find help from strangers who used their belts to make a tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding. She was then taken to Boston Medical Center where doctors operated on her leg. The 32-year-old didn't know about the amputation until she awoke from surgery and told her mother that her foot felt numb.
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