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Heather Abbott official welcome home to Newport

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Andrea Medeiros

amedeiros@abc6.com

Heather Abbott has become somewhat of a celebrity here in Rhode Island. People are just mesmerized by her positivity after losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon Bombings.

"I experienced the greatest hurdle I ever faced in my life," said Abbott.

Heather Abbott may have lost part of her left leg, but it's not keeping her down. She walked into Newport's Rosecliff Mansion, Sunday, on crutches, with a smile across her face, for her official welcome home party.

"She looks so positive and cheerful, and she's got a terrific smile," said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

"Just been struck by how incredibly courageous she's been and just how she's just sort of made everyone feel at ease about a really difficult time and a really serious injury," said U.S. Congressman David Cicilline.

Local lawmakers, friends, and fans greeted the Boston Bombing survivor, who's now become a local celebrity, never losing her positive attitude.

"We are blessed that really everybody has gotten to know Heather like we already knew her," said close friend Jessica Guerin, "The letters that she has been receiving from people, the notes of people telling her how inspired they are."

Abbott's dad had tears in his eyes as his daughter was given a proclamation from the city of Newport, a place she's called home for the past four years.

The determined survivor says by this time next year she'll be kickboxing and paddle boarding again with the help of a prosthetic leg.

"Don't get used to seeing me this way," said Abbott, "I am determined to start walking again as soon as possible, and I am quite certain that absolutely nothing will get in my way."

 The prosthetic leg Heather needs costs tens of thousands of dollars. Many helped her out at the welcome home party, donating at the door and taking part in a silent auction.

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