WBUR’s Here & Now today featured host Robin Young’s interview with Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a 32-year-old competitive dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. Check out the show’s full post on the interview here, and here’s a taste:
“I remember everything. I remember every detail. I remember the first bomb going off and screaming and holding on to Adam and saying, ‘Oh no, oh no, please no.’ And I remember smelling smoke, and everyone around us just seemed very still and very quiet.
The first went off, and I grabbed a hold of Adam. It was: ‘We need to go inside. Wait, should we be outside? Maybe we should be.’ And then, the second bomb went off, and it went off directly in front of us. And I remember the pressure from the air hitting my chest and my stomach, and sailing me backwards onto my left side, and landing, sort of in a pretzel with Adam. We sort of landed as we sleep, you know, just kind of curled up. I was big spoon around him.
And he said, ‘Are you OK?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I think I’m OK. I think we’re OK. I can’t believe it, I think we’re OK. And then a couple seconds went by, or minutes, or who knows. And then I said, ‘I think my foot hurts.’
And I said, ‘Oh, my foot hurts bad. It really hurts.’ And I sat up, and I looked at my foot, the same time -(was it the same time?) that Adam looked at my foot. And he picked up my foot, and it was dangling. Most of my heel was gone, and I could see my toes were still attached, but most of the bones and everything were gone.
And he just started screaming, and I started screaming.”
Let’s not end on that note. Adrianne also says that she gets frustrated as she struggles to heal, but:
“Overall, I feel like I’m a fighter and I’m ready. I’m ready for the challenge. Someone tried to stop me from reaching my dreams, and I want to be able to just say, well, ‘Nice try, I’m still going to go for it and stay positive through it.’