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Marathon bombing victim John Odom returns home

Over nearly five months, through all the surgeries and throbbing pain, John and Karen Odom have longed to share a bottle of wine while watching the sun set from their house overlooking the ocean, inhale the minty air of their eucalyptus trees, and hug family, friends, and colleagues who have watered their plants, tended their garden, collected their mail, doting on them from afar.

John Odom, who required 11 operations after shrapnel severed arteries in each leg and lost so much blood that his heart stopped beating twice, will do something Friday he and his wife once worried would never happen: They are returning to California — the last of the Marathon bombing victims to go home.

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