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Woman who lost legs in Boston bombing back on two new feet

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Updated: 7/25/2013 1:05 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A family that was in the line of fire during the Boston bombing has taken a few steps from grief to joy in Orlando.

Images from that day show Kevin Corcoran kneeling next to his wife, 48-year-old Celeste, who lost both legs when the first bomb exploded.

The Corcorans of Lowell, Mass., were waiting for a family member to finish the Boston Marathon when the first blast went off on April 15.

A hundred days later, they continue the road to recovery.


"As I went down to look at her arms, further down, (her) legs (were) severely impacted and blood (was) all over the sidewalk," Kevin Corcoran said.

Also on the sidewalk was his daughter, 18-year-old Sydney, clinging to life with a serious wound -- her femoral artery was severed.

"I could feel warmth and blood leaving my body; I remember feeling tingly, cold," Sydney said.

The Corcorans said memories of that day are vivid.

While the family doesn't understand why the bombers did it, they said they are focused on hope, which took a big step forward this week in Orlando.

"That horrific incident took my legs, but it didn't take me," Celeste said.

With a family Celeste calls her "rock," she is back on her "new" two feet.


"I want my life back," Celeste said.

And Stan Patterson of Orlando Orthotics is helping her accomplish that.

"Those were beautiful steps," Patterson said.

The family experienced tears of joy, not sorrow after she was fitted this week with the latest high-tech computerized prosthetic that uses a gyroscope to help her balance.

Celeste hopes to soon get back to her job as a hair stylist.

Through it all, she said there is some good.

She said she is even closer with her family and has met wonderful people and organizations, like 50legs.org that paid for the trip to Orlando.

Video: WFTV Orlando
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