Adrianne Haslet-Davis is one of the many victims impacted by the deadly bombing in Boston last week, which killed three people and injured over 170 more, reports the New York Daily News. She and her husband were fortunate enough to make it out of the tragedy alive, but she was not fortunate enough, however, to make it out in one piece. Here’s what you need to know about Boston Bombing victim Adrianne Haslet-Davis.
1. Adrianne Haslet-Davis Lost Her Foot During the Boston Marathon Bombing
While Haslet-Davis lost her left foot in the attack, she has not lost her spirit. A week after the bombing, she was pictured with alongside her husband in the hospital with a big smile on her face. Haslet-Davis told reporters that she knew something bad was going to happen after she heard the first bomb go off. That’s when the second explosion knocked her and her husband off their feet.
“For a little while, it could have been two minutes or 20, I guess, everything seemed to go quiet,” Haslet-Davis told the Boston Herald from her hospital bed at Boston Medical Center. “I thought we were fine until I looked down and realized that my left foot was practically detached. That’s when I started screaming my head off.”
2. She is a Dance Instructor
The 32-year-old is a dance instructor who feels whole when she is dancing.
“When I’m dancing, I don’t feel the need to be doing anything else,” Haslet-Davis said. “My joy is complete.”
Although Haslet-Davis lost part of her leg just above the ankle, she said she won’t stop dancing.
3. She Plans to Run the Race Next Year
She even plans to run in the Boston Marathon next year.
“I can’t let some (expletive) come along and steal my whole life,” she said. “So, I’ll dance again. And next year, though I’ve never been a runner, yes, I plan to run the marathon.”
4. Her Husband Returned from Afghanistan Before the Marathon
Haslet-Davis’ husband of four years, Adam Davis, just returned from Afghanistan as Air Force Captain before attending the Boston Marathon on April 15. They were watching the runners near the finish line when the bombs went off. He was injured with shrapnel wounds and sustained broken bones in his foot himself, but his only concern was getting his wife to safety. He dragged her into a nearby restaurant and used his belt as a tourniquet.
5. She Has Come Out of the Tragedy Stronger than Ever
Since the tragic event, Haslet-Davis has experienced from “dark moments” coming to the realization that her life is changed forever, but she she said she has come out of it stronger.
“I just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that might seem like the end of the world and come out stronger,” she said.