Boston bombing victims, the Richard family. Jane (standing in front of her mother, Denise), is starting to recover after her leg was blown off. Photo via Richard Family Updates.
The younger sister of bombing victim, Martin Richard, 8, who perished on April 15 when two men set off explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, has just undergone a monumental surgery to close up a wound, left open after she lost her leg in the terror attack nearly a month ago.
Jane Richard, 7, suffered a limb loss after the bomb killed her brother and blew off her left leg off from the knee down.
According to ABC News on Thursday, Jane was in a medically induced coma for two weeks after the injury. Jane’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, explained in a prepared statement, that their daughter had a lot of difficult questions when she woke up.
Denise Richard, 43, a librarian, lost sight in one eye but is said to be recovering well.
The Richard’s older son, Henry, 12, was the only family member who wasn’t hurt. He has reportedly resumed classes at his school, which his parents hope will help Henry regain a modicum of normalcy.
The Richard’s also revealed that their daughter Jane, has undergone 11 surgeries in 23 days and in the process of treatment, has contracted several infections and endured numerous other medical complications, which has been a barrier to her final surgery before being released. Doctors have finally been able to close the wound in Jane’s leg, which will start the process of preparing Jane’s leg for a prosthetic and setting the groundwork for future rehabilitation.
The Richard’s wrote in a statement on their website, “After not being able to communicate with Jane for the first two weeks, she woke up with difficult questions that needed to be answered. There are not words to describe how hard sharing this heartbreaking news was on all of us.”
The family also took time to acknowledge their many well wishers and supporters, saying, “Well-wishes reach us, and they help more than anyone can know. ”
They also saluted the volunteers and Good Samaritans who took vigil over Martin’s body, so he didn’t have to die alone.
Their daughter Jane was an avid Irish dancer and will now be faced with the herculean task of coming to grips with losing her brother and her leg and learning how to walk and function with a prosthesis.
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