Boston Marathon bombing survivors can now run, bike, and rock-climb, thanks to incredible medical advances

Boston Marathon bombing survivors can now run, bike, and rock-climb, thanks to incredible medical advances

Can the Boston marathon bombing survivors ever regain their normal lives again? Here is their individual stories on how far they've come.

Advancements in the field of medicine in the recent past have been overwhelming with an exponentially high recovery rate from life-threatening diseases and an equally decreasing disease-occurring mortality rate. A great example that showcases these incredible medical advances is of the current state of the victims of the Boston Marathon. 

As documented by the Daily Mail, the 17 of the many Boston Marathon bombing survivors are now able to run, bike and rock climb- merely five years from the day they were attacked. For those who lost their limbs, prosthetics were used as a replacement to facilitate daily activities. 

The funding for prosthetics increased double-fold and while working to treat the survivors, the field of medicine gained a deep insight into what works and what doesn't when it comes to the study of "artificial limbs." Since the survivors are now able to run 10K marathons five years down the line with their prosthetics, it is evident that the country is moving in the right direction. 

However, no amount of research will ever be enough, and medical department teams in Massachusetts and Maryland are continuing to work harder towards improving technology in hopes to make the lives of the disabled a tad bit easier with every passing day. 

It was on April 15, 2013, when two homemade bombs exploded by the marathon finish line in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three and injuring 260 people. Thousands of dollars were pooled in towards the research for technology to improve the lives of the amputees so they can get back on their feet. 

One of the survivors, Marc Fucarile, 39, lost more than just one limb, and has improved a considerable amount in five years. The same goes to say for Adrienne Haslet-Davis, Mery Daniel, Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes, Steve Woolfendal, Jeff Bauman, Jane Richard and brothers - JP and Paul Norden. Their stories of recovery are nothing short of inspiring miracles representing hard work and courage. 

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were newlyweds when the bombs attempted to disrupt their peacefully growing family by taking away one of Patrick's legs and both of Jessica's. Woolfendal, father of then three-year-old son, Leo, was attempting to take him out of his stroller and away from the finish line, when he realized that his left leg had been blown off. 


*before you read this, this is coming from Rebekah’s husband 😉 she would never post this of herself, so maybe say a little prayer that she doesn’t get too upset with me for sharing Today marks 5 years since my beautiful wife lost her leg at the #BostonMarathonBombings. I, like the rest of the world, couldn’t believe what I was seeing on television that day. As horrific as it was for so many to see what was happening, it is impossible to ever imagine the images that must haunt the survivors, the first responders, and the city of Boston (a city I have grown to love). When Rebekah and I woke up this morning, she was in tears thinking of the 5 beautiful souls who didn’t make it as a result of that day as well as her fellow survivors. As her husband, all I can think to do, is find a way to take her mind off of what happened so before we take our kids to the zoo, we needed to go to the gym, and of course she repped her #BostonStrong tank. I am posting this picture because of how very proud I am of her. Last November, many don’t know that Bek had to have another major revision surgery. It was a very disappointing time as she couldn’t walk for over 2 months, let alone try to work out. So while today is such a difficult day, it also marks 4 weeks since she has been back in the gym and has gotten so much stronger than before already. I am proud of my wife for not letting those 2 terrible brothers destroy her. She shows me every day what #BostonStrong really means. I love you #RebekahStrong #nofilter

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Bothers JP and Paul Norden were watching and cheering the participants from the stands when the second bomb stole both their right legs. Lastly, Jeff Bauman, key witness in helping identify the bombers Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suffered a loss of both his legs during the bombing. Jane Richard, was six when the bombing stole her left leg below the knee and her eight-year-old brother.


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