BOSTON (CBS) – A talented dancer named Adrianne Haslet-Davis was seriously injured in last week’s marathon bombing.
She lost her foot in the explosion and is now recovering at Boston Medical Center.
She was watching the marathon with her husband when her world changed forever.
“I remember everything,” says Adrianne. “I remember the first bomb going off and holding onto Adam, my husband, and thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I know there’s never just one.’”
Unfortunately, Adrianne was right. Just twelve seconds after the first bomb exploded, there was another blast.
This one went off right in front of her.
“I remember falling backwards because of the impact,” she says, “and waking up and thinking I was going to be okay because I didn’t feel any pain.”
Then her husband lifted her leg and she saw her damaged foot, 80 percent of the bone and muscle were gone.
Adrianne says she focused on getting to a safe, clean place, to try to save her life.
She made it to a nearby restaurant.
“At that point, some more panic I think set in for me and I was like, ‘what do I do, what do I do?’ her husband Adam said. “By then, a lot of the first responders and bystanders kicked in and were helping out too.”
There, strangers used her husband’s belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
A day later, she woke up in the hospital.
“When she first woke up on Tuesday, I know that she mentally knew that her foot wasn’t there,” her mom Chauni Haslet said. “Whether she was mentally willing to admit that, I think that took a few hours.”
But after accepting the reality of what happened, while still recovering in the hospital, she embraced the fact that she lost her foot.
“This is the card I was dealt. And I am going to look on the bright side of it, and try to be the best person I can be, the best dancer I can be, the best dance teacher I can be and the best wife I can be going forward,” she said.
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