Celeste and Syney Corcoran/Facebook
Celeste and Syney Corcoran/Facebook

Checking in on the Victims of the Boston Bombing

Celeste and Syney Corcoran/Facebook
Celeste and Syney Corcoran/Facebook

It's been almost three months since the Boston Marathon was marred by two bombs, which killed three people and injured scores more. We profiled nine victims who suffered horrendous injuries. How are those people doing now? Three months on, they are trying to make their lives as normal as possible.

1. Celeste Corcoran

Celeste Corcoran of Lowell, Massachusetts, was cheering on her sister in the marathon when a bomb injured her so badly that both of her legs were amputated. Corcoran displayed exceptional "grit and perseverance" during her recovery, as she was in the same hospital room with her badly injured teenage daughter Sydney. Celeste has new prosthetic legs now. She took her first steps on June 3rd, one day before her daughter did. Celeste is home now, happy to be learning to do housework on her new legs, which make her a few inches taller than she was before.  

2. Sydney Corcoran

Eighteen-year-old Sydney Corcoran, Celeste's daughter, was elected prom queen of her high school May 28th. She attended the prom on decorated crutches. Sydney, who was seriously injured in the bombing, took her first steps without crutches on June 4th. She then graduated from high school on June 7th. That's her at the top of this page.

3. Ryan McMahon

Ryan McMahon broke her back and both arms in a fall during the bombing. Her doctors say that, even with therapy, her recovery will take six to twelve months. McMahon is getting around with a back brace and a brace on one of her wrists. She says she feels lucky to have not been injured as badly as some of the others.

4. Kaitlynn Cates

Kaitlynn Cates was seriously injured in her leg by the bombing, and came close to being an amputee. As it is, she kept the leg, but lost a chunk of muscle. She was able to walk when she graduated from Boston College May 20th, along with two other BC students injured in the bombing.

5. Adrianne Haslet-Davis

Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a dance teacher with the Arthur Murray Company, and lost her lower left leg in the bombing incident. The company has been sponsoring fundraising events across the country to help the couple. On April 30, this clip of Haslet-Davis was featured on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. She still has her sights set on dancing again, and has an open invitation to dance on the competition show when she feels up to it. Haslet-Davis and her husband, Air Force Capt. Adam Davis, are at home in Boston, and Haslet's parents came from Seattle to help them through their recoveries. Haslet-Davis looks forward to getting a prosthetic leg soon.    

6. Jeff Bauman

Jeff Bauman is the man so many people saw being wheeled away from the bomb site with his legs blown off and the bone showing, although most news outlets cropped the picture at his knees. Since he was discharged from the hospital, he has made a few public appearances with Carlos Arredondo, who kept him from bleeding to death the day of the bombing. Recently, Bauman took his first steps with his new prosthetic legs. The $100,000 legs were provided by the Wiggle Your Toes Foundation, which helps amputees. Bauman is focused on learning to walk, and doesn't yet know if he'll return to his job at Costco. He is considering maybe doing something to help others instead. Read more about Bauman's recovery in the New York Times.

7. Patrick Downes and 8. Jessica Kensky Downes

Patrick and Jessica Downes are the newlyweds who were taken to separate hospitals and had one leg amputated each. The young couple are now together at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and prefer to stay out of the spotlight as they recover. However, they sent a message of thanks to their supporters who have been raising funds for their care, and told how the two health professionals are using the experience to become more in tune with suffering patients.

9. Marc Fucarile

Marc Fucarile is still in the hospital. He was the last of the bombing victims to be released from Massachusetts General Hospital, but went from there to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. According to his sister, Fucarile is dealing with recurring infection in his amputated leg, plus bone spurs that are delaying surgery. In addition to losing his right leg, Fucarile suffered shrapnel wounds all over his body, and his left leg was so damaged that it, too, may be lost, but it will be months before doctors know for sure.

Paris is Selling Its Love Locks, and Donating the Proceeds to Refugee Organizations

Paris officials have turned an urban problem into a public service: They’re selling the city’s “love locks” as souvenirs and donating the proceeds to refugee groups. The Guardian first reported the news back in December, and now—beginning on Saturday, May 13—the locks will be auctioned off online.

For traveling couples, the padlocks they affixed to the iron grills of the French city’s bridges, initials scrawled on the surface, were a symbol of romance. But to Parisian officials, they were a civil danger. Fearing that the locks would weaken overpasses like the Pont des Arts, the city began dismantling the metal trinkets in 2015.

Left with 1 million padlocks (which totaled 65 metric tons of scrap metal), authorities needed a creative way to repurpose the waste. So they decided to sell 10 metric tons of locks to members of the public, marketing them as relics of the city’s bygone history.

“Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price,” Bruno Julliard, first deputy mayor of Paris, said in a statement quoted by The Guardian in 2016. “All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris.”

The locks will be sold in a variety of lots, some of them just as a single souvenir, others in groups. Smaller lots are expected to sell for anywhere from $100 to $200, while pieces of the padlocked railings could go for as much as $5000 to $9000 apiece. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army, Emmaus Solidarity, and Solipam.

99-Year-Old Woman Checks "Spending Time in Jail" Off Her Bucket List

When a senior looks back on his or her life to assess their triumphs and regrets, “not getting arrested” typically falls into the former category. But according to the BBC, a 99-year-old woman in the Netherlands wished she had spent time in the slammer. To help her achieve this unconventional bucket list dream, law officers let the woman, named Annie, hang out in a jail cell—with handcuffs on—at the police station in the eastern Dutch town of Nijmegen-Zuid.

Annie has her family to thank for the experience. "Her niece came to us with this request," a police officer told the BBC. "When she was reporting a crime, she told the police officer about Annie's 'bucket list.'"

"You get many unusual requests with this profession," he added. "We thought it would be nice to do something special for Annie."

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As you can see in the photos above, Annie’s brush with the law was a blast. However, she isn’t the only senior who has wondered what life is like behind bars. Last year, a 102-year-old woman named Edie Simms from St. Louis, Missouri was faux-arrested per her own bucket list request. Police teamed up with a local senior center to make Simms’s dream come true. "She was so excited that she can ride in a police car and she said, 'Do you think you could put those handcuffs on me?'" Michael Howard, executive director of Five Star Senior Center, told KPLR. Talk about centenarians gone wild!

[h/t BBC]


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