The photo of a stunned, bloodied woman in a shredded red shirt went viral after the Boston Marathon bombings, and became a symbol of the city’s horror and shock. On Friday the woman in the photo, Nicole Gross of Charlotte, N.C., was released from Brigham and Women’s Hospital after spending 3½ weeks recovering from serious leg injuries and damage to her ear drums.
Sitting with her husband, Michael, in her hospital room, Gross looked and said she felt like a different person than the one in the photo. “We were fortunate to experience Patriots Day, and the energy surrounding the event was amazing,” said Gross, 31. “It ended in tragedy, but it doesn’t take away the beauty that we saw.”