05:57 PM EDT 10/03/2014
Originally posted 12/17/2013 05:15PM
There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello.
Eight months after the horrific tragedy, Costello, who suffered severe burns on his right arm and leg, is engaged to a nurse he met while in treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
"April 15 was one of the worst days of my life. I soon wondered why and for what reason this has happened," Costello wrote in a Facebook post.
Originally posted 10/22/2013 07:45AM
Adrianne Haslet-Davis continues to make progress, almost six months after being fitted for a prosthetic leg.
The Arthur Murray Studio dance instructor, 33, who was featured in a segment on last season's Dancing with the Stars, lost a limb during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and has documented her recovery on camera on Anderson Cooper 360.
Six weeks after the tragedy, she cried as she held on to her replacement leg.
Originally posted 09/05/2013 12:35PM
April 15, 2014, will bring the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as the book Stronger by one of those who greatly suffered in the explosion, Jeff Bauman.
Bauman, a 27-year-old who was waiting at the finish line to watch his girlfriend in the race, announced Wednesday that he will publish a memoir about his life during and after the fateful day that cost him both his legs, reports CNN.com.
"The past months have often been difficult, but the support I've received from around the world, and especially from the people of Boston, has inspired me to set and achieve high goals," he said in a statement released by Grand Central Publishing, which will release the book, to be co-authored by Bret Witter, who describes himself on his website as a Georgia-based editor and writer "working primarily as a collaborator on histories and memoirs."
Originally posted 07/10/2013 04:00PM
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.
In his first public appearance since being arrested April 19, he entered the plea Wednesday at his arraignment in federal court in Boston.
For first one, he leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent. He then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times.
Originally posted 06/27/2013 02:10PM
The U.S. Attorney General says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been indicted by federal grand jury with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and "killing four individuals among other charges".
In a Tweet posted earlier in the day, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts also said that a press conference would be held Thursday afternoon.
In all, a 30-count indictment was handed down against Tsarnaev. In addition to the three deaths caused by the bombs at the marathon, he was charged with the murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, according to Boston Globe reporter David Abel.
Originally posted 06/14/2013 02:00PM
The transit police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been discharged from the hospital.
Officer Richard Donohue headed home Friday morning, with other Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers escorting him.
Donohue has been recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for about a month.
The 33-year-old officer still has a bullet in his body and has been coping with nerve damage that makes it painful to walk. He has said that he's looking forward to going home so he can spend more time with his son and toss a ball with his family's dog.
Originally posted 06/09/2013 07:30PM
Of all the challenges they've had to face, say the amputee survivors of the Boston Marathon, coping with the loss of their independence has been one of the greatest.
"Picking things up off the floor, getting food, things that I used to be able to do independently now I no longer can do," says single leg amputee Mery Daniel, 31, who appears on PEOPLE's cover this week.
In these exclusive PEOPLE videos, Daniel, the mother of a 5-year-old daughter, as well as fellow survivors Adrianne Haslet, Nicole Gross, Erika Brannock, Roseann Sdoia, Marc Fucarile and Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, open up about adjusting to life on crutches and in wheelchairs.
Originally posted 06/08/2013 06:40PM
When they met on April 15 on their way to the hospital, Roseann Sdoia and Marc Fucarile were both fighting for their lives.
"She kept me awake, telling me to focus on my fiancée and my kid," says Fucarile, who lost his right leg that day.
They're still turning to each other, like so many of their fellow survivors – whom PEOPLE photographed on May 30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass.
Originally posted 06/05/2013 08:00AM
When she stood on her new prosthetic leg for the first time May 29, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet felt her eyes fill with tears.
"I started crying," the professional ballroom dancer, 32, tells PEOPLE. "I hadn't even taken a step yet. Just to stand tall was extremely emotional."
In this week's PEOPLE cover story, featuring candid interviews and an exclusive photo portfolio taken on May 30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., Haslet and 10 other survivors – including nine amputees – reveal how they've been coping since the April 15 blasts that claimed three lives and left as many as 264 people injured.
Originally posted 05/29/2013 05:40PM
She wasn't able to dance, but simply being able to attend her prom at Lowell High School made it a memorable night for Massachusetts teenager Sydney Corcoran, who was hit by shrapnel and badly wounded in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.
Happily, the graduating senior, 18, is on the mend and rallied this week after months of physical therapy and weeks in the hospital. Donning a strapless cream-colored dress and a pair of blinged-out crutches Tuesday night, she reunited with her classmates for the first time since the tragedy.
Once at the event, the attractive brunette had another surprise in store for her: Corcoran was named prom queen.
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