Marc Fucarile opened his eyes for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.
He opened them to a right leg amputated above his knee, burns across half of his body, a fractured left leg, and shrapnel lodged near his heart. He opened his eyes — which last looked out on a bloody Boylston Street — and the first thing he did was tell his fiancee Jen Regan, “I am sorry for being there. I love you and Gavin,” their 5-year-old son, according to a statement released by the family on Monday.
Fucarile remains in serious condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, the most severely injured of the nine bombing patients still at the hospital, spokesman Ryan Donovan said. His injuries will keep him there for the foreseeable future, the family said.
The statement described Fucarile as a caring, loving man who always put others before himself. After apologizing to his fiancee and son for attending the Marathon, Fucarile inquired about his friends, the family said.
“We know that the amount of support we have received is a true testament to the kind of person Marc is – a thoughtful and loyal friend; a loving and devoted son, brother and fiancé; and a dedicated and exceptional father,” the family said in the statement.
Regan and the rest of the family extended their gratitude to the staff at Mass. General that operated on and cared for Marc, the EMTs and bystanders who rushed to his side after the blast, and the law enforcement officers who apprehended one of the alleged bombers.
Fucarile’s cousin Martin Buberl has set up a donation page on his behalf at helpmarcfucarile.com.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.