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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps With New Prosthetic Leg

By Ben Parker, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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STONEHAM (CBS) — One of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings took his first steps Monday on a new prosthetic leg.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor JP Norden  (CBS)

Boston Marathon bombing survivor JP Norden (CBS)

For J.P. Norden of Stoneham, it was a huge step. Norden lost his right leg below the knee and suffered other injuries when the second of two bombs planted near the marathon finish line exploded on April 15. The recovery process has been long, but it paid off with Monday’s milestone.

Norden’s brother, Paul, also lost his right leg in the blast, but his amputation was above the knee. J.P. said a little brotherly competition has helped both of them push toward recovery.

J.P. Norden faces at least three more surgeries: one will repair damage in an ear, one will graft skin from his back to his amputated leg, and another will remove a calcium deposit in his left leg, which was badly injured when bomb shrapnel tore into the limb.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Chechen immigrants Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and his brother, Tamerlan, allegedly placed both bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Three people were killed and hundreds were injured when the bombs detonated seconds apart.

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