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RI woman injured in bombing needs prosthetic foot, friends raise money

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A Newport woman who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing will need a prosthetic foot and friends and family are reaching out to the community for help.

Heather Abbott, a 1992 Lincoln High School graduate was injured during the bombing, causing her foot to be amputated. According to friends, Abbott had her leg and foot amputated below her knee in a surgery on Monday. She will now need a prosthetic foot going forward.

In order to help Abbott with the costs of the prostheses going forward, family and friends have started a fund.

After undergoing a series of surgeries on her foot and leg, Abbott is now on the road to recovery and has even logged back on to Facebook to thank her friends, family and hospital staff.

Abbott posted:

"I don't even know where to begin in thanking friends, family and the staff at Brigham & Women's during this very difficult time. And aside from them, the complete strangers who chose to help save my life while risking their own on Monday. I feel truly blessed to have everyone's support, especially my friends who were right by my side as the ambulance took me to the hospital. Jessica Guerin, Jason M. Geremia, Tommy Rao, Michelle Dalrymple, Al Colonese Jr., Jillian Baker and Jessica DiMascolo have been right there for me without any concern for how this terrible incident has effected them . Also thanks to all of the friends and family members who have visited me and/or sent their love and support. I just can't express enough how honored I am to have such wonderful people in my life to help me through this. I'm trying to respond to everyone as best I can, but there are just so many texts, messages, etc that it hasn't been easy to keep up. That certainly says a lot! Please continue to pray for me, as I have some difficult decisions to make over the next day or so related to how badly my left foot was injured. Again, thanks to all who have shown their support I really can't put into words how much it means to me."

If you are interested in donating to Abbott's recovery click here.

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