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Newport's Heather Abbott recovering at home

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By: Andrea Medeiros

Relying on crutches, unable to drive, and constantly reminded she only has one leg. That's been the daily struggle for Newport bombing survivor Heather Abbott, during her first week back home. 

"I'm getting pretty good at this," Abbott joked as she uses her crutches to get around her Newport home.

It takes her more than a few more minutes now to handle simple things like sitting down on the couch. She relies on crutches to get around her place. She's constantly reminded her left foot was blown off in the Boston marathon bombings.


"Typically in the morning when I get out of bed and I go to put my feet on the ground,  I'm automatically reminded when I see one slipper by my bed, that I only got one leg to put in there," she said.

In the week she's been home, Abbott added a chair in her shower and a hand rail. Getting help from her mom, who's been staying with her.

"I also have a walker, so we thought about putting a basket on it, so I can kind of put things in it, so that might make things a little bit easier," said Abbott.

She keeps her sense of humor through it all and is determined to return her life to normal. She spent the day Thursday shopping at the Warwick Mall.

"I couldn't believe how many people recognized me and knew my name, told me they were proud of me, that I represent Rhode island to them," she said.

Abbott is surprised by her newfound celebrity.

"I had one man take 30 dollars out of his pocket and try to give it to me," she said. 

Abbott says touching gestures like that,  have helped her get through the difficult times and move beyond the attack. She's doing her best not to focus on the bombers. Saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's new found letter doesn't matter to her.

"I don't know how those people's minds work or why they want to hurt so many people they don't know," she questioned.

Instead, Abbott's focusing on how she'll soon walk again.

"Eventually I'll have a prosthetic leg and I'll take it off at night and put it on in the morning and hopefully it won't be my biggest problem," she said.

The prosthetic leg Abbott needs costs tens of thousands of dollars, friends are holding a fundraiser in her honor right at Rosecliff on Sunday.


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