A week and a half after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, at least 48 people are still hospitalized, according to figures from six Boston-area hospitals that dealt with most of the seriously injured. And at least 13 of those people lost a limb, including some who had multiple amputations and are now preparing for temporary prostheses, which can be fitted about two to three months after the injury, followed by permanent ones a year later.
While these victims are clearly facing one of the darkest challenges of their lives, they did get a dose of inspiration when they met with amputee soldiers from Semper Fi Fund, a veterans' group for injured military personnel. In addition to setting up a Boston Marathon fund for those hurt in the blast, the vets met with about a dozen patients and their families at four different hospitals to show their support and offer some words of wisdom ...
The soldiers relayed the importance of getting active as soon as possible and setting goals to aim for. Marine Sgt. Gabe Ramirez comforted the wounded, saying, "This [amputation] doesn't matter. This is just a change of scenery." As Jeffrey Kalish, Boston Medical’s director of endovascular surgery, explained in a press conference:
We have definitely seen every range of emotion this past week. For us, we have seen amazing improvements, really great attitudes. We’ve had veterans come in with amputations that have walked through the halls and shown these patients their life isn’t over.
That's so wonderful to hear! Being that these vets were obviously in the very same position as the marathon victims, and likely occasionally coping with a whole slew of negative emotions, I'm sure they were able to offer hope to the victims. Hopefully, their words truly offered them reassurance that they can still thrive. And I wouldn't be surprised if that simple reassurance does wonders to boost their positivity and help them heal.
Are you touched by the vets' visit to the victims?