Brave Irish girl who lost her leg in Boston bombing reveals her 'cheetah' limb
The Irish mother whose son was killed and daughter seriously injured in last April’s Boston bombing has shared a poignant image of her little girl with a prosthetic leg.
Jane Richard was watching last year’s Boston Marathon with her whole family when the bombs went off near the finish line.
Jane, then 7, suffered a serious leg injury from shrapnel. Her brother Martin, 8, was killed.
Their mother Denise Richard (43) from Kerry was blinded in one eye in the attack.
Denise has shared a photo of Jane to show “just how far Jane has come on what has been a long and difficult road to recovery.”
“Last week she received a “Cheetah” running leg, designed for athletics and everyday use.”
“Never self-conscious and always smiling, Jane has worn it to school several times which speaks to the can-do spirit she has displayed over the last 11 months.”
The Richard family were watching the race after getting ice-cream when the bombs ripped through the crowd.
Denise’s husband Bill (43), was left with burst eardrums and shrapnel in his leg after the blasts.
The family are “fully engaged” in getting the foundation we set up to honor our son Martin off to a strong start, Denise said.
She added: Our gratitude will never diminish for the support and love we have received over the last eleven-plus months.”
“As the next few weeks come and go, we will be thinking about all of the families that have been impacted by the senseless events of last April, and proud of the way the community around us has persevered.”
Former mayor Thomas Menino addressed an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Centre, not far from the finish line where more than 260 others were killed or wounded a year ago.
"This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong," he said.
In Washington, president Barack Obama said: "Today, we recognise the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perseverance, freedom and love."
Mr Obama said this year's race would "show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again".