Boston Marathon bombing survivor Beth Roche says she wants to thank — and hug — a mystery man in a blue uniform who aided her after the blast that ripped into her knee.
“I felt very alone, but when he was there, I felt like there was something protecting me,” said Beth Roche.
Giving an update on her recovery Tuesday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Roche said the man in blue told her that everything was going to be all right and that help was on its way. The man had his back to the area where the bomb had exploded, said Roche, and he could not have known whether there would be another explosion that would come from that direction. Roche said she wanted to thank him “for being the man that he was and being as brave as he was” and she felt that if she could meet him, it would help bring her closure.
The Indiana resident was rushed to Tufts Medical Center after the blast tore into her knee. She faced a daunting recovery, including multiple surgeries, the Globe reported last month. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15.
At the press conference Tuesday, Roche described the tears she shed after struggling to complete her first leg lift in physical therapy and the fear she felt standing at the top of a daunting set of stairs.
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