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Caregivers, Marathon bombing victims have special bond

For many attack victims, Spaulding therapists key to putting their shattered lives back together

Tens of thousands cheered when Heather Abbott, a 38-year-old Marathon bombing survivor and new amputee, balanced on one leg to throw the first pitch at a Red Sox game in mid-May.

What may have looked effortless to the adoring crowd was the result of hours of painstaking labor, of learning to work with a body that was dramatically altered, of learning to overcome the fear of falling as so many looked on.

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