BOSTON (CBS) — In the chaos of the Boston Marathon bombings, two strangers made a connection that will last a lifetime.

Erika Brannock was gravely wounded in the attack. She lost one leg and broke the other.

In the seconds after the bombs went off, a woman came to her aid – using her belt as a tourniquet and holding her hand.

Now, nearly two months later, the women have been reunited.

“I have thought about you every moment since the marathon,” Amanda North said.

North, who also suffered some injuries in the attack, said she felt like she was “supposed to be there” to help.

Brannock and North exchanged gifts before Brannock left the hospital earlier this week.

Both say they are now friends for life.

“I’m never going to stop holding your hand,” North told Brannock.


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