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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Long, uncertain road for limb patients

Difficult decisions about amputation

Ten days after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, surgeons still are working tirelessly to repair and save the lower limbs of grievously injured spectators, and some patients may not know for months, or even years, whether ­reconstructive operations will ­return them to near normal.

Fourteen people are known to have lost legs or feet immediately ­after the explosions. Their limbs were either completely torn away or were clearly too damaged for surgeons to restore without risking their lives.

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