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'I'm ready for it all': Ballroom dancer who lost her leg in Boston bombings, plans to run in marathon with new prosthetic leg

April 17, 2016 4:38 AM
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'I'm ready for it all': Ballroom dancer who lost her leg in Boston bombings, plans to run in marathon with new prosthetic leg

Three years after losing her leg in the Boston terror bombings, a professional ballroom dancer plans to run in this year's marathon, which takes place on Monday.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, 32, was one of many bystanders at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded at least 264 others.

Haslet-Davis told the Huffington Post she was knocked to the ground and landed in a fetal position during the attack, when she realized that much of her left ankle and foot were missing.

She said she 'dragged' her body and she 'was clawing at the ground' to get to a nearby building where someone pulled her inside.

After a hospital assessed the damage, the dancer had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.

But despite dealing with post traumatic stress and learning how to walk again, Haslet-Davis told the Post that she promised herself that she would dance again.

Not only has she done that, she's even decided to run the Boston Marathon.

Her prosthetist, Brian Heckathorn, has helped her work out all the kinks in order to tackle the 26.2 miles with a prosthetic leg.

'I'll get emotional. I met him when I was in stitches, literally and figuratively, in the hospital,' Haslet-Davis said.

Haslet-Davis learned to dance again before she started training for the marathon.

During her hospitalization, she met MIT Media Lab director Hugh Herr, a double amputee who specializes in bionics, according to the Post.

Herr promised to build Haslet-Davis her own bionic limb, developing it specifically to mesh with the 'fundamentals' of, flexibility needed for and movements inherent to dance.

Not long after their conversation, she wore her prosthetic leg to dance the rumba during a TED talk with Herr in 2014.

Haslet-Davis also entered her first post-bombing dance competition, where she took first place.

Haslet-Davis, who gave herself six months to train for the 120th Boston Marathon, is running on behalf of the nonprofit Limbs for Life, raising money to provide prosthetic limbs for those that need but can't afford them.


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