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.

Celeste Corcoran, who lost both of her legs in the bombings, also had her husband Kevin and daughter Sydney nearly bleeding to death from a piece of shrapnel at the site. 

While they continue to experience an unfathomable amount of pain, they are not giving up and are continuing to fight for complete recovery. Witnessing where the survivors currently are, it is safe to say that the growing number of professional doctors, surgeons and researchers stand as the only silver lining of the bombing. 

"The collective experience in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing was a very positive one in the medical community because there was a lot of crosstalk between military and civilian surgeons," says Dr Benjamin Potter, who is the chief of orthopaedics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, the hospital where three survivors were treated. 


I will never forget this day. Just finding out I was pregnant with my first only a few days before I was afraid of the world I was going to be bringing my baby into. Watching the victims broke me especially Martin Richard who was just 8 years old. His smile holding that sign “no more hurting people” haunted me. I followed the aftermath and felt completely broken for the victims and their families. But I kept watching (and I never watch the news) and saw my city literally shut down to get these mother [email protected] ! A community coming together amidst such a tragedy gave me hope in the human race. So today we never forget and tomorrow we are again Boston Strong! We can’t change yesterday but we can always strive for a better tomorrow ! Good Luck tomorrow to all the amazing runners !! 💙💛 #BostonStrong #weneverforget #ineverforget #bostonmarathon #domoregood .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #weareboston #bostonmarathon2018 #igersofboston #MartinRichard #Stophurtingpeople #Run #instadaily #bostonigers #BostonMarathonBombing #bostonday #latepost #OneBostonDay #bostonyourmyhome #bloomsofboston #loveboston #bostonma #bostonblogger #bostonflorists #boston #weloveboston #marathonmonday #boston2018

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I wanted to start an #inspirationseries of people who have inspired me in their resilience and weirdly taught me to not take anything, especially my own health, for granted. It's not about comparing or measuring hardships but rather exemplifying just how fragile life can be, and how despite the world being turned upside down these people have persevered. It's easy with your hormones raging against you to literally make you feel blue, to feel sorry for yourself with pcos. Depression, anxiety, are both really effects of your hormones being out of whack - then toss in the impacts to our perceived vanity with weight gain, hair loss, acne, hair growth in unwanted areas, etc, making it easy to be self conscious in a very visually centered world. Jessica Kensky is the perfect person to kick this off. She lost both legs as a result of the Boston marathon terror attack. She's a Sacramento native turned Bostonian, and Arizona and Hopkins alumni. Went from being an oncology nurse, marathon runner, to a long term patient facing a physical disability for the rest of her life. I remind myself whenever I find myself self conscious of my legs or feeling like I'm slow, I remind myself how lucky I am to still be able to walk on my own two legs. How in my daily commute or walking to my car in the parking lot I could get in an accident, or some other freak accident could instantly change all of that. So today please say thank you to your legs, or whatever it is you stand on, and do something nice for them :) #pcosdaily #pcossupport #pcosweightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlossjourney #pcosdiaries #pcos #inspiration #bostonstrong #jessicakensky #loveyourself #loveyourbody #takenothingforgranted #fitnessmotivation

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"That exchange and that dialogue has been one of the silver linings to have come out of this, in that we're hopefully better educated and better prepared for the next one," he continues.

However, the doctors and researchers who helped them get back on their feet say the advances in prosthetic technology that resulted from working with the survivors is a silver lining of the bombing.

Jane Richard, is now participating in dance classes like any other 10 year old, Karen Rand McWatters, who lost her left leg and her friend Krystle Campbell at the finish line, is now participating in 10Ks, Rebekah Gregory, 29-year-old who lost her left leg is now rock climbing, and newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes are able to take their dog for a walk to the park.


On this day in 2013, I was hanging with my buddy @ruckusreddick and all of a sudden my phone started ringing and I began receiving text messages. Everyone was asking where I was because I had stated that I wanted to go to the marathon that year. That’s how I found out. The aftermath will always leave me humble. It was an intense week as I continued back to work on Tuesday and was literally the only one driving around Boston (imagine empty highways) in my work van. As a few more days went by, I photographed news crews and still a very heavy police presence. I will never ever forget April 15, 2013. #neverforget #bostonstrong #thisisourfuckingcity #boston #bostonmarathon2013 #bostonmarathonbombing #massachusetts #police

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Marc Fucarile, 39, is now able to take his bike for a ride around Boston. His legs have been "fitted with a carbon fibre and titanium prosthetic commonly used by wounded veterans" which is controlled by a microprocessor that helps in the adjustment of the limb to allow it to move naturally.

Fucarile says, "If you're an insurance company, look at the long-term effect and what you're saving. If I didn't have my prosthetic leg, I'd probably be overweight, have heart disease, be closer to diabetes and probably be more depressed." The prosthetics that have been given to Fucarile and the other survivors have a shelf life of online five to seven years and will need to be replaced after. 



Welcome to Our Official A Leg Forever Charitable Foundation Instagram page. We’re happy to have you. A Leg Forever, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit charitable foundation established by Liz Norden, Mother of JP and Paul Norden, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors who each lost a leg in the tragedy that occurred on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon finish line. The mission of this foundation is to "pay it forward", by assisting amputees who lost limbs under tragic circumstances just as the Norden family was helped in their time of need. Please share our page with your friends and loved ones. 💙💛 #bostonstrong #bostonmarathonbombing #alegforever #alegforevercharitablefoundation #nordenbrothers #liznorden

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Research in medicine has come a long but still has an equally long way to go. Any donations and monetary investment towards the propagation of research in this field will help save and facilitate lives.

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