BOSTON (CBS) — A man who suffered severe shrapnel and burn injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings says his recovery led him to the love of his life.
Now, James “Bim” Costello of Malden is engaged to be married.
Costello and bride-to-be Krista D’Agostino are on a 10-day cruise for marathon bombing survivors and first responders.
Costello met D’Agostino, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he transferred after multiple surgeries immediately following the April bombing.
It was there, he struck up a conversation with nurse D’Agostino and it wasn’t long until the two were inseparable.
More than a hundred survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, along with family members and first responders, left Boston’s Logan airport last week on the all-expenses-paid to the south of France. The gift was the idea of Vantage Deluxe World Travel, a Boston agency that organized the French river cruise for those intimately connected to the bombings.
In Lyon, France, Costello proposed and took to Facebook to share the news.
“As you all know, April 15th was one of the worst days of my life, suffering not only physical injuries of my own but the emotional difficulties when I learned about my friends. I soon wondered why and for what reason this had happened. A couple weeks later I was transferred to Spaulding Hospital, where I was able to see my friends starting to heal, but still wondered what good could come from this tragedy. A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista, who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before. After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months. I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy, it was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life. Eights months later I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together… We got engaged last night in the middle of the beautiful French city Lyon!!!”