BOSTON (CBS) – Thursday was an exciting day for one of the Stoneham brothers who survived the Marathon Bombings. Paul Norden went home from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He lost part of his leg in the bombing.
He rode out on a wheelchair with his 5-year-old niece Gabby, and then got into a car on his own. He gave several staff members a hug before he left.
His mother Liz spoke to reporters to publicly thank their family, friends and the medical staff at Spaulding.
She said with a smile, “Today is a great day because we get Paul home. This is huge.”
Liz also spoke out about the note that was found on the boat where one of the suspects was found didn’t.
She calls his words “disgusting” and calls the Tsarnaev brothers “cowards.”
Liz said, “These guys, everybody that got hurt, they are all human beings. It’s a cowardly senseless act.” She went on to say, “I just can’t imagine how somebody could do something to these innocent people.”
She and her sons are staying focused on their recovery. They are waiting for Paul’s brother JP to be released from Spaulding, and are hoping it will be at the end of next week.
“It’s special that Paul is coming home, but when we are all together, that will be a special celebration, when we get JP home as well.”
As for her message to the terrorists, Liz says, “We have to let those two know, we’re still here and we’re not going anywhere.”